Another View of Stones River

by Mr. Bang

I went to Stones River National Battlefield.  This was a Civil War battlefield.  It was one of the bloodiest battles in the war.  This battlefield is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

There was a battle of the bands. It started with both bands trying to drown each other out with their own music.  Then one band started playing “Home Sweet Home.”  All the other regiment bands started playing it and the soldiers stopped what they were doing.  If there wasn’t a river between them, they would have come together, shook hands, and ended the war right there. 

I loved it!  We went to an 1800s music concert.  It was really good!  There were five people in this band.  I really liked the lady who sang.  

There was a cemetery.  The Union soldiers that died were buried there.  It was big, not as big as some of the ones I’ve been to, but still big.  And when I got tired, I went to the nearest bench.  There were a lot of benches.  Almost half of the people buried there are unidentified.  

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We met a lady on the way out.  Her son died in Afganistan a few years ago.  He was a soldier.  She gave us a special coin that tells the story of his life.  She was traveling from California to Georgia to a ceremony to honor him.  It was neat talking to her and hearing about her son.  She had a bear that she took everywhere.  The bear used to belong to her son.  

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this is the other side

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It was amazing!  I want to go back!

8 thoughts on “Another View of Stones River

  1. That sounds like a very interesting visit! I especially like the battle of the bands story. Also, I am glad that you got to meet the mom of this soldier! I am sure it gave her some comfort getting to tell you the story of her son’s life. She gave up so much for our country!!! The “Freedom isn’t free” quote is such a true statement. I am thankful every day for those brave souls who go into battle to keep our loved ones safe!!

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    • It was very fun! -MB !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. I did not know that they did a “Battle of the Bands” at Stones River, but it happened several times during the Civil War. One of the places it happened was in Perryville, KY, about an hour from here. There was a small river between the troops. They ended their day playing and singing the same song together.
    It looks like you guys had a good day at Stones River! I’m glad the four of you got to enjoy it together.

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    • I agree – I like the Battle of the Bands story, too. -MB !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. Glad you liked it, Gran! -MB !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • I agree – it WAS a very fun day! I enjoyed having fun with you, too! -MB !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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