Saving the Past for the Future
In the cold, early morning of the last day of 1862, a battle erupted between two American armies totaling more than 80,000 men. The small town of Murfeeesboro, Tennessee was about to become a major battlefield.
The bloody battle had an impact on the community that still reverberates through the current generation. The outcome helped shape the destiny of a nation. Today at Stones River National Battlefield, the National Park Service preserves and protects only 20% of the actual battlefield.
Unfortunately, the remaining 80% of the battlefield lies unprotected. This includes the houses and buildings that served as army headquarters and makeshift hospitals where doctors worked valiantly to save the wounded, no matter what color uniform they wore. And these historical treasures are disappearing at a rapidly increasing rate. Once lost, the land is difficult to reclaim and the buildings are gone forever.
" To preserve and promote the Stones River Battlefield..."