Murfreesboro national battlefield hosts tales of bloody history, lingering entities

Though the sun claws through the trees and reaches the ground below, it’s cold in Stones River National Cemetery off Old Nashville Highway. A chilly wind whips through the leaves of garnet and gold and rustles across the historic battlefield across the street like the ghost of a Civil War soldier who fought on those very grounds.

On Dec. 30, 1862, Union Army Maj. Gen. William Rosecrans’ troops traipsed into Murfreesboro. That night, the men endured miserable, freezing weather without campfires in order to conceal their position, knowing that a battle lay ahead in the first days of the New Year.

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