TENNESSEE: Stones River Battlefield Delivers Civil War History

NASHVILLE — “So this is the Battlefield, it really hasn’t changed much since 1862.”

Stones River Battlefield

Stop, look, and listen. The cannons are quiet now, but the Civil War cemetery tells of a time when they were not.

Seventy-five thousand men, north and south, met here for a three-day brutal battle.

Twenty-five thousand of those, one-third, were killed or wounded.

“It was the beginning of the end…”

Now, the Stones River Battlefield is a quiet place. Tourists come here, often shocked by its significance, a victory for the union.

“This was the victory that started a chain of events that will see the union be the ultimate victor in the war, and lead to the end of the institution of slavery,” said Jim Lewis with the Stones River Battlefield.

A three-day battle starting December 31, hardly kicking off a Happy New Year.

Over the years, the battle has been compared to a heavyweight boxing match, 15 rounds, both sides bloodied and battered.

James Osborne did not survive, nor did thousands of others.

The field is here and preserved, so no one forgets.