Stone River Civil War Battlefield
I am on a very special trip. A road trip with Anita, our eldest daughter, to Norwalk, Connecticut to celebrate with our eldest grandson as he graduates from high school. Our trip involves a bit of wanderings on the way, too much to see and enjoy for two girls to rush from one point to the next.
One of the things we enjoy is visiting historic sites. Today we went to the Stones River Civil War Battlefield in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. War is a horrific thing. I cannot imagine what it would be like to be in a battle with bullets whizzing by, fear gripping you as you hear friends scream in pain. Our current war causes much pain and the tole on those who return is great. But we forget the horrors of the Civil War battles. Roughly 1,264,000 American soldiers have died in the nation’s wars–620,000 in the Civil War and 644,000 in all other conflicts. It was only as recently as the Vietnam War that the amount of American deaths in foreign wars eclipsed the number who died in the Civil War. In just this one 3-day battle at Stones Creek there were a total of 24,645 casualties: 12,906 on the Union side and 11,739 Confederates. Considering that only about 76,400 men were engaged, this was the highest percentage of killed and wounded of any major battle in the Civil War. Even so the battle itself was inconclusive, but it dashed Confederate aspirations for control of Middle Tennessee. Today the battle field provides an opportunity to stop and remember.