150th Anniversary of the Battle of Stones River

December 26, 2012 - January 2, 2013
Address: 3501 Old Nashville Highway Murfreesboro, TN 37129 Email: stri_information@nps.gov Phone: (615) 893-9501
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PROGRAM SCHEDULE Wednesday December 26, 2012 11 AM - "They Retreated in Great Confusion" - Walk with a ranger near the south end of the park and relive the the crushing Confederate attack on the morning of December 31, 1862. (1 hour) 1 PM - The Approaching Thunder - Join a ranger for a talk that focuses on the events of the Stones River Campaign 150 years ago to the day. (30 minutes) 2 PM - Battlefield Caravan Tour - Visitors will follow a ranger in their vehicles and stop at four sites to learn about the events and people that are part of the story of the Battle of Stones River. (1 1/2 hours) Thursday December 27, 2012 11 AM - The Slaughter Pen - Walk into and learn about one the deadliest places on the battlefield. (1 hour) 1 PM - The Approaching Thunder 2 PM - Battlefield Caravan Tour Friday December 29, 2012 11 AM - Hell`s Half Acre - Learn more about the men of Colonel William B. Hazen`s Brigade and their stand against four Confederate attacks. (1 hour) 1 PM - The Approaching Thunder 2 PM - Battlefield Caravan Tour Saturday December 29, 2012 10 AM - Alabama In the Fight - Watch a Confederate infantry demonstration and listen to the Alabama soldiers of Loomis' and Manigualt's brigades tenaciously fought to break the Union lines. 11 AM - Covering the Retreat- The Fifth Indiana Light Artillery did their best to hold back the Confederates as the Union infantry retreated. Watch cannons fire and discover how costly that action was. 12 PM - Resisting the Tide - The ranger will recount the 21st Ohio's harrowing fight in the Salughter Pen while Union infantry presents a firing demonstration. 1 PM - Hell's Half Acre- A ranger will recount the bloody struggle of the Eighth and Sixteenth Tennessee Infantry at the Round Forest as Confederate infantry presents a firing demonstration. 2 PM - The Regulars Must Hold Those Cedars - Union infantry takes the field while a ranger tells visitors how a small band of professionals saved the day for the Union. 3 PM - Fighting for the Pike - Visitors will walk onto the battlefield with a ranger who will tell the story of the desperate fighting along the nashville Pike that turned the tide of battle. Program will include firing demonstrations by Confederate and Union infantry and Union artillery. Sunday December 30, 2012 11 AM - Fighting for the Pike - Visitors will walk onto the battlefield with a ranger who will tell the story of the desperate fighting along the nashville Pike that turned the tide of battle. Program will include firing demonstrations by Confederate and Union infantry and Union artillery. 1 PM - Breckinridge's Charge -Watch Confederate infantry drill and listen to the story of the Orphan Brigade during the last attack of the Battle of Stones River. 1:30 PM - Backward and Forward - A ranger will share the story of the Ninth Kentucky Infantry during the fighting on January 2, 1863. The program will include a Union infantry demonstration. 2 PM - The Final Blow- In between cannon firings, listen as a Union artilleryman describes the awesome power of the big guns as they overpowered the final Confederate attack. Monday December 31, 1862 11 AM - Voices of Stones River - Join a ranger for a special caravan tour featuring descriptions of the Battle of Stones River as written by the soldiers and civilians who were lucky enough to survive the carnage. Stops will include musket or cannon demonstrations. (1 1/2 hours) 1 PM - A Soldier's Story - Listen as a ranger shares tells the tale of one of the soldiers who fought in the Battle of Stones River. (30 minutes) 2 PM - Voices of Stones River (1 1/2 hours) 3 PM - A Soldier's Story (30 minutes) Tuesday January 1, 2013 11 AM - The Eye of the Storm - Learn about the quiet but critical events of New Year's Day that shaped the outcome of the battle. (30 minutes) 1 PM - Digging In - Walk around the earthworks built by the Pioneer Brigade and discuss how the use of field fortifications changed the course of the battle. 2 PM - Battlefield Caravan Tour - Visitors will follow a ranger in their vehicles and stop at four sites to learn about the events and people that are part of the story of the Battle of Stones River. (1 1/2 hours) Wednesday January 2, 2012 "The Very Forest Seemed to Fall" See and feel the power of Union artillery and experience the battle's boody climax through the stories of the cannoneers. Programs at 11 AM, 1, 2, 3 & 4 PM.