Where was the ‘burned Cowan house?’

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, Managing Editor, May 6, 2007 Those familiar with the “literature” and reports about the Battle of Stones River have encountered the Cowan House countless times. Often in official reports of both the Union and Confederate armies it is referred to as the…

Continue reading

Family acts to protect historic farm

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Erin Edgemon, August 5, 2007 Not all Rutherford County farmers want to see their land turned into residential subdivisions and shopping centers. As the county’s population continues to grow, creating a larger demand for new homes and new places to shop, many owners of…

Continue reading

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.…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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.…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading