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Remembering by Rail - Stones River Battlefield National Park - Murfreesboro, TN
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 35° 53.317 W 086° 25.544
16S E 551830 N 3971747
Quick Description: Since Stones River was a battle for the Railroads, they became a railroad sight seeing stops in the 20th century.
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 9/1/2014 2:54:21 AM
Waymark Code: WMMCNM
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 4

Long Description:

County of marker: Rutherford County
Location of marker: Van Cleave Lane, McFadden Farm Site, Stones River National Park, Murfreesboro
Sign erected by: National Park Service

Marker text:
Remembering by Rail

The Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway played a major role in memorializing Civil War battlefields. The company bought land and installed signs along the tracks to identify battle locations. They erected monuments like the Artillery Monument in front of you. They encouraged veteran reunions and ran a train to Stones River for formal celebrations.
Railway president John W. Thomas championed this work. During his tenure, the company scheduled tours to southern battlefields. At stops like Cemetery, railway platforms became the gateways to hallowed ground. Passengers stepped off trains and remembered the soldiers and battles between the North and South.

The railway interpreted the Civil War to its passengers. They provided booklets that explained the battles along the train's route

Since this Civil War battle was fought over positioning for a major rail lines, in the early 20th century the NC&StL Railway listed the battlefield as a stop and point of interest. In 1906, the company erected a 34-foot obelisk to commemorate the January 2, 1863, position of massed Union artillery used to repel a Confederate assault on Union troops across the river.

Group that erected the marker: National Park Service

URL of a web site with more information about the history mentioned on the sign: [Web Link]

Address of where the marker is located. Approximate if necessary:
Van Cleave Lane
McFadden Farm Site Stones River National Park
Murfreesboro, TN USA

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