The First Battle of Murfreesboro at Oaklands Mansion

July 13, 2019, Oaklands Mansion, Murfreesboro, Tennessee The time was 0400, 13 July, 1862. The place was the Maney Plantation, north of the sleepy town of Murfreesborough, Tennessee. Colonel Nathan Bedford Forrest used surprise, daring and military genius to surprise and defeated the 9th Michigan in the shadow of Oaklands…

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Gen. Palmer renowned for bravery, fidelity

Mike West, Daily News Journal, March 31, 1989 Even the most probing look at the old Palmer residence on East Main Street does little to reveal the character of the battle-scarred general who built it. Joseph benjamin Palmer, lawyer turned soldier, built the massive Victorian-styled structure following the Civil War…

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Grant Acquires 42-Acres of Stones River Battle Land

February 26, 2019, WGNS Radio (MURFREESBORO) A grant from the Tennessee Historical Commission is enabling Stones River National Battlefield to acquire the 42-acres of battle land that once housed General Electric and Cummings Signs. $1,827,502 has been awarded for the acquisition of 42 acres of the Stones River Battlefield, formerly…

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New STONES RIVER BATTLEFIELD Entrance Is Open!

WGNS Radio, November 16, 2011 The new roadway was completed in time for the anniversary of this Civil War battle.  The Battle of Stones River began on the last day of 1862 and was one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Civil War. The battle produced important military and political…

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The ‘Unsinkable’ Mary Kate

The Murfreesboro Post, May 29, 2011 Confederate Spy ‘Kate’ Weaved In and Out of Mid-Tenn Union Camps “The Unsinkable Mary Kate” was not a Civil War battle ship. La Vergne resident Mary Kate Patterson, who had the audacity and courage to take on multiple personalities and appearances, is credited with…

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Black Southerners in Confederate gray

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, December 21, 2007 February marks the beginning of Black History Month – a remembrance of important people and events of African American origin that began in 1926. There have been many major contributions to our nation and to our society by black Americans some…

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Local doctor, reenactor starts Civil War round table

The Daily News Journal, August 17, 2003 On a trip to Ohio several years ago, Dr. George Smith of Murfreesboro learned a valuable history lesson. “I learned that Murfreesboro had two black regiments, the 13th and the 17th, during the Civil War.”  Says Smith, who was recently elected president of…

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