The Federal Rally Turns the Tide

The Federal Rally Turns the Tide (HMP0Z)

Location: Murfreesboro, TN 37129 Rutherford County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 52.656', W 86° 25.946'

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— December 31, 1862 - Afternoon —

Many of my Regiment got within 60 yards of the enemy guns, but were compelled to give back for want of support. It seemed the Commanders expected our Brigade and the Texas Brigade that fought beside us to rout thee entire Federal army... at the odds of 10 to 1! ... the enemy batteries... seemed to have no end either way... My Regiment lost 119 killed, wounded, or missing.
James Williamson, lieutenant colonel, 2nd Arkansas Mounted Rifles

Imagine the narrow belt of land between the Nashville Pike you see ahead and the railroad tracks just behind it jammed with 30,000 soldiers, dozens of cannon, and endless wagons. The Confederates who charged out of the center into this field would have seen what seemed to them an endless wall of blue coats, rallied and reinforced along the road ahead. For the Federals, the long hours of chaos and retreat at last came to an end here at the edge of this cotton field. This western army of the United States ended the year 1862 badly battered, but still full of fight.
HM NumberHMP0Z
Placed ByStones River National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 10:06am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 551232 N 3970521
Decimal Degrees35.87760000, -86.43243333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 52.656', W 86° 25.946'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 52' 39.36" N, 86° 25' 56.76" W
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Area Code(s)615
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 108 Park Rd, Murfreesboro TN 37129, US
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