Experience a day in the life of a Union soldier at the Battlefield

The Murfreesboro Post, June 14, 2011

The gates of Stones River National Battlefield will open at 4:45 a.m. Saturday, June 18 giving the public a chance to experience the start of a typical day for soldiers in the Union Army of the Cumberland.

Members of the Ninth Kentucky Infantry, USA will rise from their tents at 5 a.m. to bugle call of Reveille and follow a daily schedule found in the papers of Marcus Woodcock, a member of the original Ninth Kentucky, for the rest of the day.

Visitors can watch and learn about the activities that structured the daily life of soldiers such as Sick Call, Guard Mount, and of course several drill periods that will feature demonstrations of marching and musket firing.

The day will end at 9 p.m. to the sounds of Taps. Visitors are invited to share a part or the entire day with the soldiers.

On Sunday June 19, 2011, programs at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. will feature musket firing demonstrations and talks telling the story of the Ninth Kentucky Infantry at the Battle of Stones River.

These programs are part of a series of interpretive programs offered at the battlefield during the year.

Stones River National Battlefield is located on the Old Nashville Highway, northwest of Murfreesboro.

Additional information is available at the visitor center, by calling 615-893-9501 or at the park website.

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