From time to time park personnel at Stones River National Battlefield turn to controlled burns to remove non-native vegetation from the battlefield. During the recent three-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend park crews burned 52 acres. This photo shows flames burning where interpreters explain the role of the Chicago Board of Trade Battery in the Battle of Stones River.
Stones River National Battlefield
Created separately and with different purpose from the vast nature preserves of the West, America’s battlefield parks took a long, often circuitous route to full integration into the National Park System.
How did civilians react when the Civil War brought battles and soldiers into their backyards? That will be the topic of discussion this weekend at Stones River National Battlefield in Tennessee.
Stones River National Battlefield commemorates an extraordinarily bloody battle fought at Murfreesboro, Tennessee on December 31, 1862 and January 1, 1863. Here are some relevant statistics.
Kids who visit a handful of Civil War-era units of the National Park System will be able to earn a special Junior Ranger patch, one that recognizes them as Junior Civil War Historians.
Crews at Stones River National Battlefield in Tennessee slowly but steadily are putting the battlefield back in order in the wake of a tornado that registered a 4 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale.
Pilgrim Places: Civil War Battlefields, Historic Preservation, and America’s First National Military Parks, 1863-1900, Part III
As with the southern Pennsylvania countryside surrounding the town of Gettysburg, the struggles between the United States and Confederate armies from 1861 to 1865 often brought war to beautiful places, with many battles fought in the pastoral landscapes of eastern, southern, and middle America— in rolling fields and woods, along rivers and streams, among farmsteads, and often in or near villages, towns, or cities.
National Park Week is being celebrated this year from April 20 through April 26. Across the system there are dozens, if not hundreds, of special events planned. Here's a look at some of them.
When "controlled burns" are mentioned in the national park system, most thoughts turn to the big, sprawling Western parks, such as Zion, Yellowstone and Yosemite. But using fire as a management tool also is beneficial at places such as Stones River National Battlefield in Tennessee.