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Friday, October 1, 2010

Stones River Battlefield: Abandoned Artillery

SRNB: Abandoned Artillery

The Stones River National Battlefield is a park in Murfreesboro, TN along the Stones River in Rutherford County, TN. The park commemorates the Civil War battle that took place here on Dec. 31, 1862 and Jan. 2, 1863. The park was established using public and private funds, with significant help from the NCStL railway, and is now under the oversight of the U.S. National Park Service.

This is one of two Wiard rifled cannons lost by Lt. Alexander Marshall of Battery G 1st Ohio Light Artillery. These guns valiantly but vainly tried to check the Confederate advance by firing repeated changes of canister then retreating "by prolonge" to fire again. The guns were abandoned when most of the horses were killed and the Confederates were but 40 yards from the guns. In this area 14 union cannons were lost to the Confederates by Sheridan and Negley's Divisions.

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