Redoubt Brannan-Fortress Rosecrans - Murfreesboro TN
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 35° 51.513 W 086° 24.567
16S E 553320 N 3968420
Located at the parking area for Redoubt Brannan in the Stones River National Battlefield, College Street, College Street TN 37129.
Waymark Code: WM18VJ2
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 10/02/2023
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
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Redoubt Brannan Fortress Rosecrans-- ... scattered about on the most commanding positions inside the [fortress] are four or five "redoubts" or small square forts, mounting heavy siege guns, which completely command the lunettes and also the surrounding country. These works are all named for prominent Generals in this army...
- Harvey Reid, corporal, 22nd Wisconsin Infantry, Company A

The Civil War earthwork you see here was just a small part of Fortress Rosecrans. Almost three miles of earthworks, blockhouses, and cannon protected the railroad, warehouses, and ammunition magazines.

Union engineers laid out the walls large enough so that the defenses could shelter 50,000 men and store food for the Army of the Cumberland for up to 90 days.

This earthwork was named for Brigadier General John M. Brannan, a native of Washington, D.C. An 1841 West Point graduate, General Brannan commanded a division of more than 6,000 men in Rosecran's army in 1863.

Today you can explore parts of Fortress Rosecrans by following the Stones River Greenway and Lytle Creek Greenway trails.

Attention to Orders
No one should be allowed to walk on the parapets, nor move or sit upon the gabions, barrels, or sandbags that may be placed upon them.
by Order of
Major General William S. Rosecrans, commanding Army of the Cumberland, United States Army.

Soldiers used sod to keep these earthen walls from eroding. The National Park Service continues that work by planting native grasses. These plants stabilize the earthworks while they improve the health of this national park's wildlife.
Group that erected the marker: National Park Service

URL of a web site with more information about the history mentioned on the sign: [Web Link]

Address of where the marker is located. Approximate if necessary:
College Street
College Street, TN United States

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