|On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4, Stones River National Battlefield presents programs that highlight the stories of Middle Tennessee Confederates in the Battle of Stones River.
The “men in gray” from this area had more at stake than just victory or defeat at the end of 1862.
If they failed to defeat the Union army, Confederate soldiers from Middle Tennessee risked losing their homes, families and everything they held dear to the invaders.
Visitors will have the chance to learn more about the motivations and experiences of the local soldiers, while watching musket- and cannon-firing demonstrations.
The daily program schedule is as follows:
11 a.m.: The Rutherford Rifles – Watch an infantry unit drill and listen to the story of the Rutherford Rifles and their desperate fight to save their homes and families from the northern invaders. Includes a musket-firing demonstration.
1 p.m.: Carnes’s Battery – Watch a cannon fire and learn about Carnes’s Tennessee battery.
2 p.m.: The Mayor’s Men – Watch an infantry unit drill and learn about the men who served in the 18th and 45th Tennessee units under Joseph Palmer, a Murfreesboro native. Includes a musket-firing demonstration.
3 p.m.: Wright’s Battery – Watch a cannon fire and listen to the story of Wright’s Tennessee Battery.
The next Hallowed Ground lantern tour of Stones River National Cemetery is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 20,.
Reservations are required and must be made by calling (615) 893-9501.
Reservations will not be taken in the visitor center or by e-mail.
There is a limit of four tickets per caller and reservations are not transferable to another program date.
Two tours of up to 35 people will tour the cemetery by lantern light and listen to the stories of the soldiers who are buried there and their families.
The first program will begin at 7 p.m.
These programs are part of a series of interpretive programs offered at the battlefield during the year.
Stones River National Battlefield is located on the Old Nashville Highway, northwest of Murfreesboro.
Additional information is available at the visitor center, at the park’s website or by calling 615-893-9501.