Cotton Field - "No Man's Land"

Cotton Field - "No Man's Land" (HM1CY5)

Location: Murfreesboro, TN 37129 Rutherford County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 52.528', W 86° 25.958'

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Rail fences like this one kept free ranging livestock out of farm fields. These fences were quickly consumed by both armies for firewood and breastworks. Courageous Confederate infantry made several charges across this field from noon on the 31st until dusk. Union cannon posted to your right, and on the rise across the Nashville Pike made this crossing almost suicidal.

From that afternoon, through the evening of January 3, 1863, this cotton field was a no man's land occupied by the dead and wounded of both sides. Sharpshooters and skirmishers exchanged shots during this period making it dangerous to expose oneself. Federal artillery frequently shelled the woods seeking to harass the Confederates who occupied the crude breastworks behind you. On January 5, 1868, the grim work of burying the dead began.
HM NumberHM1CY5
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Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 2:12pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 551215 N 3970284
Decimal Degrees35.87546667, -86.43263333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 52.528', W 86° 25.958'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 52' 31.68" N, 86° 25' 57.48" W
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Area Code(s)615
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 18301 Park Rd, Murfreesboro TN 37129, US
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