|On Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6-7, Stones River National Battlefield volunteers will present musket and cannon demonstrations as part of programs designed to help visitors appreciate the unique stories of the Pioneer Brigade and the Chicago Board of Trade Battery.
Programs will be offered at 11 a.m., 1, 2, and 3 p.m. each day.
There will also be demonstrations in camp telling the stories of the lives and jobs of soldiers in between the battles.
The Pioneer Brigade of the Army of the Cumberland played a critical role in the Battle of Stones River.
Prior to the battle they worked as engineers building bridges and roads.
When the fighting started, they were soon called upon to put down their shovels and pick up muskets to defend the Union lifeline to Nashville along with the untested cannoneers of the Chicago Board of Trade Battery.
It was a big gamble that paid off for the Union Army of the Cumberland.
These programs are a 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, by calling (615) 893-9501 or at the park website.
Daily Program Schedule
11 a.m. & 1 p.m. - The Pioneers’ Only Stand – Watch an infantry demonstration and learn how the Pioneer Brigade helped save the Union army.
2 & 3 p.m. - Somewhat of a Relief – Watch a cannon fire and listen to the stories of the untried Chicago Board of Trade Battery during their first big fight.