Black slave owner an ‘untold part’ of history

Descendant traces wealthy Midstate landowner, by Colby Sledge – Staff Writer – Tennessean, February 27, 2007 Like many wealthy landowners of the pre-Civil War South, Sherrod Bryant owned slaves.  They probably worked much of Bryant’s 700 acres in Middle Tennessee, an area larger than that of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage plantation.…

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The untold story of Sgt. William Holland

Mike West, The Murfreesboro Post, February 18, 2007 Ever visit Hazen’s Monument at Stones River National Battlefield? In case you didn’t know, it is the oldest intact Civil War monument in the nation. Located off the Old Nashville Pike adjacent to the CSX Railroad line, it is a couple of…

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Visit Murfreesboro’s new Heritage Center

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, Managing Editor, February 12, 2007 Have you ever wondered what life was like when Murfreesboro was occupied during the Civil War?  Do you know the different architectural styles that grace the city’s historic neighborhoods? Have you questioned where the county’s place names…

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Civil War: Did a knight’s sacrifice win the battle?

Mike West, The Murfreesboro Post, January 28, 2007 Did the sacrifice of one knight win the day for the Union at the Battle of Stones River? Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans apparently believed it did. The knight in question was Col. Julius P. Garesché, Rosecrans’ chief of staff, whose life…

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1997: Subdivision looked like a ‘war zone’

Lisa Marchesoni, Murfreesboro Post, January 24, 2007 Destruction caused by a powerful tornado looked “like somebody had dropped bombs” throughout the Southridge subdivision 10 years ago. Veteran sheriff’s Lt. Joe Gray said the tornado ripped through his neighborhood Friday, Jan. 24, 1997, destroying homes four blocks away. “It looked like…

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Union order of battle at Stones River

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, December 26, 2006 Organization of the Fourteenth Army Corps, or Army of the Cumberland, The Stone’s River or Murfreesborough, Tenn., Campaign. DECEMBER 26, 1862-JANUARY 5, 1863 Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans, U.S. Army, commanding ARTILLERY. Col. JAMES BARNETT. PROVOST GUARD. 10th Ohio, Lieut. Col. Joseph W.…

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Confederate organization at Stones River

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, December 31, 2006   Organization of the Army of Tennessee, The Stone’s River or Murfreesborough, Tenn., Campaign. DECEMBER 26, 1862-JANUARY 5, 1863 General Braxton Bragg, CS, Commanding POLK’S CORPS. Lieut. Gen. LEONIDAS POLK. FIRST DIVISION. Maj. Gen. B. F. CHEATHAM. First Brigade. Brig. Gen. DANIEL…

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A grim awakening at Stones River

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, Managing Editor, December 31, 2006 Dawn of December 31, 1862 brought a bitter surprise to the right wing of the Federal Army of the Cumberland. Gen. Alexander M. McCook, who was in command of that portion of the army, had spent a…

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Some links to Civil War songs

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, December 31, 2006 http://www.iath.virginia.edu/utc/sentimnt/sweethomef.html http://www.civilwarband.com/music.shtml http://www.lib.virginia.edu/small/exhibits/music/audio/mp3/john_browns_body.mp3 http://pabucktail.com/songs.htm

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“Dixie” still remains topic of controversy

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, December 31, 2006 Just like many other issues raised by the Civil War, the origins, meaning and intent of the song, “Dixie,” remains a topic of debate. Both Confederate and Union troops had their own favorite songs both patriotic and sentimental. “The…

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