Stand Fast!

Stand Fast! (HM1B6O)

Location: Murfreesboro, TN 37129 Rutherford County
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N 35° 52.814', W 86° 26.133'

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The Pioneer Brigade

— Stones River National Battlefield —

On came the sounds of battle...struggling blue-coats...falling back came into view through the trees. They were loading and firing as the retired...they passed over our...line and laid down behind it. The order ?Battalion, rise up!' came like an electric shock. The brigade was by some mischance short of ammunition; some companies had not more than 20 rounds...The Confederates were near at hand. Suddenly their line seemed to burst through the thicket just in front. ?Commence firing!' and our volleys were fired into them. Men were dropping here and there, and others filled the vacant places.
Henry Freeman, orderly sergeant, 3rd Battalion, Pioneer Brigade

In the Army of the Cumberland, a brigade of pioneers handled all the army's pick, shovel and ax work for building roads and bridges. Officers picked two men from every company of every regiment in the army for this duty. Many of the men who lined up to fight here on this knoll had been carpenters or miners in civilian life. What they had never done before was train to fight as unit. Their leaders did not know if they would stand and fight—or break and run. This battle line of untried road builders held fast and stopped the massive Confederate assault.

1862 December 31 late-afternoon
HM NumberHM1B6O
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 4:16pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 550949 N 3970811
Decimal Degrees35.88023333, -86.43555000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 52.814', W 86° 26.133'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 52' 48.84" N, 86° 26' 7.98" W
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Area Code(s)615
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 714 Park Rd, Murfreesboro TN 37129, US
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