Anchoring the Union Line

Anchoring the Union Line (HMOZM)

Location: Murfreesboro, TN 37129 Rutherford County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 52.572', W 86° 25.686'

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Hazen's Brigade

— December 31, 1862 - Mid-afternoon —

...thousands of small arms kept up the roar equal to Niagara. Men were swept away by hundreds - trees shrubs and everything was torn up, cut off, or shivered ...
John Magee, corporal, Stanford's Mississippi Light Artillery

Veterans called this blood-soaked open ground ahead of you "Hell's Half-Acre." Here a brigade of 1,600 bluecoat infantry faced wave after wave of attackers attempting to overrun them. Four times Confederate brigades charged. Four times the defenders here gave no ground.

At dawn, 43,000 Union soldiers had stretched from McFadden's Ford, one mile to the north, to the Smith farm three miles to the south. By noon, half of that huge army had folded back on itself, like a pocketknife closing, with 13,000 men dead, wounded, or captured.

Four regiments that fought so fiercely here under Colonel William Hazen were the hinge of that folding knife. From 9 a.m. to dusk, Hazen's men were the only Federals to hold their ground on the first day of battle at Stones River.
Placed ByStones River National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 11:06pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 551624 N 3970368
Decimal Degrees35.87620000, -86.42810000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 52.572', W 86° 25.686'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 52' 34.32" N, 86° 25' 41.16" W
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Area Code(s)615
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2421 Old Nashville Hwy, Murfreesboro TN 37129, US
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