Yeah it’s cold outside but it was cold in December, 1862 as well so the weather will add authenticity to these two fine events that you can enjoy.
1) Battle of Stones River Commemoration
The Stones River National Battlefield is celebrating the 147th Anniversary of the Battle of Stones River, fought in late December, 1862 and early January, 1863. The Union victory saved Nashville from a Confederate threat and politically allowed the Lincoln Administration to move forward with the Emancipation Proclamation which was to take effect in January, 1863. The victory also offset the disaster at Fredericksburg earlier in the month.
Celebrations began on December 26th and will continue through January 3rd, 2010. Each day will have ranger-led activities and much more. Please check the park;s web site at: http://www.nps.gov/stri/planyourvisit/events.htm for more details which are listed for each day of the commemoration.
2) Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield celebration
Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield is located at Exit 108 off I-40 about 90 miles west of Nashville. This is Tennessee’s newest battlefield park and the site of one of Nathan Bedford Forrest’s most famous battles which was part of his December, 1862 West Tennessee Raid. They have done a marvelous job of saving and interpreting the battlefield.
The public is invited to attend the Parkers Crossroads Civil War Battlefield Memorial scheduled to be held Saturday, January 2nd at 2 p.m. The Memorial will be held at tour stop 7 near the Federal burial site. Tour stop 7 is located south of I-40 on Federal Lane. Ladies of the Association will offer warm refreshments at the McPeake Cabin following the memorial service.
Speaker for the event will be historian Randy Bishop, author of Tennessee’s Civil War Battlefields: A Guide to Their History and Preservation.
For more information please, please call the Parker’s Crossroads Visitor’s Center at 731-968-1191.
Hope you are all enjoying the holidays,
Parkers Crossroads Battlefield Association
Post Office Box 265
Parkers Crossroads, TN 38388
Please support our battlefields when you can.