A reenactment (pictures) was part of the Stones River Battlefield events this past weekend in Murfreesboro. The park drew a sizeable crowd as actors playing the role of troops in the midst of a battle set up tents, fired weapons and forged for food.
Special Stones River Battlefield Event on Jan. 3rd in Murfreesboro
The Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County will hold a community heritage lecture by Jim Lewis, Park Ranger at the Stones River National Battlefield to commemorate the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Stones River. The lecture will be on January 3rd at 11:30 at the Heritage Center and will be followed by a special walking tour of the Murfreesboro Square. The event is free and open to the public. All are invited to bring a brown-bag lunch to the lecture. The Heritage Center is located at 225 W. College Street, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Ranger Jim Lewis will discuss the Union occupation of Murfreesboro following the Battle of Stones River. The Battle of Stones River was one of the bloodiest of the Civil War, with over 24,000 casualties on both sides. Murfreesboro was a town of importance to the Union as it was a primary depot on the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad, and the Union was determined to keep the town from Confederate control. This event is one of a series of events being held to commemorate the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Stones River. For more information, please visit the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/stri/planyourvisit/anniversary.htm.
Following Lewis’s discussion, a special walking tour of the Murfreesboro Square will be given by staff of the Heritage Center. This tour will focus on Murfreesboro during the Civil War, and will discuss the Battle of Murfreesboro, occupation, and the formation of the 13th USCT Troops in Murfreesboro.
What is the Heritage Center?
The Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County is a joint venture between the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation’s Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, Main Street: Murfreesboro/Rutherford County, and the City of Murfreesboro. Additional support comes from Rutherford County government and State Farm Insurance.