Stones River: Palmer’s life illustrates Tennessee’s plight

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, Managing Editor Wednesday, November 5, 2006 One of the stateliest houses on East Main Street does little to reveal the character of the battle-scarred general who built it. Brigadier General Joseph B. Palmer, a prominent state military and political leader, built the Italianate…

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Key dates of the Civil War

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, October 15, 2006 By Mike West, Managing Editor Nov. 6, 1860: Lincoln is elected president Dec. 20, 1860: South Carolina secedes. Feb. 9, 1861: Confederate government is formed. March 4, 1861: Lincoln is sworn in as president March 6: Confederate Congress authoritizes establishment of an…

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Putting a Face on History

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, October 29, 2006 By Mike West, Managing Editor It’s not easy to put a face on the soldiers who fought at the Battle of Stones River. Where were they from?  How did they end up here?  Combined together, the Federal Army of the Cumberland…

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Confederate cast of characters

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, October 29, 2006 By Mike West, Managing Editor Just like their Union counterparts, the Confederate Army of Tennessee had its own share of interesting characters: Maj. Gen. Daniel S. Donelson Donelson had an impressive mix of military and political connections. Born in Tennessee in…

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Union army had advantage

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, October 29, 2006, by Mike West, Managing Editor When the Civil War began in earnest, the U.S. government had one very decided advantage in the form of a trained, standing army with officers trained at West Point. But as Southern states began to succeed,…

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The Battle of Stones River: Why here?

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, October 22, 2006, by Mike West, Managing Editor Why was the little, rural town of Murfreesboro the scene of a major Civil War battle? Only 2,500 people lived here in 1862.  So why would 83,000 Federal and Confederate troops fight over such an insignificant…

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Civil War talk triggers childhood memories

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, October 15, 2006, by Mike West, Managing Editor All this talk about the Civil War tickled a few memories loose in Hammerhead’s noggin. And reminded him of a highlight of life. Nope, it wasn’t sticking bits of cotton in his ears while he unsuccessfully…

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Is Stones River Battlefield important?

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, October 8, 2006 By Mike West, Managing Editor Have you ever visited Stones River National Battlefield? Maybe, it’s just on your to-do list? Perhaps you wonder why you should even bother? Experts say the park is a major resource for Murfreesboro, the state of…

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Skirmish surfaces over lot adjacent to battlefield

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, October 8, 2006 By Erin Edgemon, Post business editor The owner of a small parcel of land along Old Nashville Highway is attempting to have his property rezoned commercial again. Mike Liles went before various Rutherford County boards and commissions 16 years ago trying…

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