Sunday, June 28, 2009

Tennessee/Kentucky: Jeff King, Day 6 - the Hat Day

28 May 2009
Lebanon TN through Shelbyville TN

Trail markers, interpretive signs, state marker, and CSA Monument on Town Square. Sadly the Cedar Grove Cemetery’s gate was locked well after the 7 a.m. (to 4 p.m.) time indicated for opening and the UDC monument inside was missed. Trespassing at a cemetery even after its opening hours just isn’t on my list of acceptable behavior. Maybe someone from the area will read this and forward digital pictures of the UDC monument in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Keep in mind that Murfreesboro is in the Central time zone. I had visited before but didn’t get to the Courthouse where there are several Civil War signs, an Old Bedford plaque, and a CSA monument. Also, the Oaklands tour is quite enjoyable. They have a unique adult invalid cradle circa 1850 on display.

Obviously, the Stones River National Battlefield Park is the key to the area. NPS personnel were especially helpful on my questions pertaining to the 39th Indiana Infantry involvement. They pointed out research materials, made page copies, and gave me an idea of which housing development is now burying their position on Day One during the Confederate flank attack that rolled them and the right flank up.
While significant areas of the battle are preserved, the area of the 39th Indiana on the right flank and closer in toward the center of the Union Lines felt more like Salem Church/Chancellorsville, as it is covered with shopping malls (Sam’s Club), restaurants, and interstate highway.
The Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County has a nice CW display with amazingly thorough, helpful, friendly folk. They have travel information and brochures available and can help you with anything in the Murfreesboro area.
Tullahoma Driving Tour
Beech Grove Confederate Cemetery has voice box interpretation, signage, restrooms, and is literally right off Interstate 24. A fine jumping off point for the Driving Tour.
Seems like all the towns on the driving tour are quaint, historical and clean. Outside of Wartrace, north on route 269 before you get to Bell Buckle, is a wonderful Civil War Sutlery store. I found a replica slouch hat, a few CW flag license plates, and other items. They also had inventory on all needs for the reenactor. The folks are refreshingly friendly, helped me speak “southern,” and told me they have more than 25,000 customers in more than 20 countries. They offer Tullahoma Campaign driving tours at their website Their historical display includes Frankford Arsenal timed fuses, brogans, and other items from the period.
  • Uncle Buds Catfish and Such on US 41 Alt (2011 N. Jackson St.) is a standard catfish restaurant for these parts with a unique ambiance of more than 1,000 baseball caps stapled to the ceiling -- now including my orange MESCO hat! Service was fast friendly and the food was more than good.
  • Maple Grove Cemetery is well honored and the grouping of monuments/historical markers just north of the intersection of North Jackson Street (Route 41 Alt) and Wilson Avenue (Routes 55/130) are very informative.
  • Stayed at Tim’s Ford State Park. What a wonderful experience. Two bathhouses, trails, camp office with long hours, lake with walking bridge. Campers, don’t miss this campground if you are in the area.

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