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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General’s visit here was ‘farce’

Sam Stockard, The Daily news Journal, October 10, 2006 Fifty-five years ago, Martin “Marty” McCullough was working security for Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s visit to Murfreesboro when his National Guard detail grew suddenly tougher. McCullough, who was 19 at the time and serving in the Guard while attending Vanderbilt, was assigned…

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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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Rare New York Times editions recount Civil War news

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, October 8, 2006 By Erin Edgemon, Post business editor Murfreesboro splashed across the front page of the New York Times doesn’t happen nowadays. But the Stones River National Battlefield is now in possession of nine such papers that were printed about one of the…

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New Heritage Center to tell Murfreesboro’s colorful story

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, October 8, 2006 By Erin Edgemon, Post business editor It is obvious to the casual observer that Murfreesboro’s Public Square is picturesque — with it accent light posts, flags and hanging baskets — and has a long history apparent by the stately Courthouse positioned…

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Farms get nod for register; Jenkins may be removed

Doug Davis, The Daily News Journal, September 28, 2006 Two area farms —one in Rutherford County and one in Cannon County— have moved closer to being named on the National Register of Historic Places, but a home on the register since 1989 has been recommended for removal. “It is sad.…

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Beesley cabin ready to leave

Doug Davis, The Daily news Journal, September 26, 2006 A log home that once graced farmland on Beesley Road has been stripped back to its original size to be moved from Rutherford County. The former home of Pauline and Frank Beesley was acquired and will move to Williamson County as…

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Group gives up fight to save McCulloch House

Erin Edgemon, The Daily News Journal, July 28, 2006 The Friends of Stones River National Battlefield have halted attempts to purchase the pre-Civil War McCulloch House and save it from demolition. After an assessment completed by the Center for Historic Preservation at MTSU, it was determined that the house — originally…

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No offer for homes by MTSU

Roger Garfield, The Daily News Journal, July 15, 2006 Residents of Murfreesboro’s historic district continue to fight MTSU’s plans to expand into the district. The residents have formed a steering committee and have tried to meet once every two weeks since their March 21 meeting with MTSU, where the university’s 20-year plan…

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Subdivision development claims Loyd Haven Farm home

Erin Edgemon, The Daily News Journal, July 14, 2006 A Lascassas mansion that served host to countless parties and charity events for decades was demolished Friday. Developer David Waldron, of Waldron Enterprises, said his company hadn’t finalized plans to tear down the 171-year-old home in an interview early this week.  His…

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Hiram Jenkins House – Demolished…

From: the Tennessee Preservation Trust Since 1853, this handsome two-story Greek Revival house has stood firm – surviving a war that came to its front door and passing through successive decades of more peaceful changes. But recently, the march of ‘progress’ has brought a new interstate interchange very near to…

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Historic Jenkins home demolished

Erin Edgemon, The Daily News Journal, June 13, 2006 Civil War-era enthusiasts and others fighting to preserve a historic house on Gresham Lane were saddened to learn the 153-year-old structure was demolished Saturday. “It is truly a loss for the city of Murfreesboro and for the state,” said Kay Morrow, of Spike…

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