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The cannons helped to provide a historical perspective on how the fortress would have been defended.
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1028 Old Fort Street Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Open 8:00am to 5:00pm
Best time to visit
Summer, Fall, Spring
Fortress Rosecrans was a 225 acre fortified supply depot in middle Tennessee built by the Union Army of the Cumberland in early 1863 following the Civil War Battle of Stones River. After it was completed, Fortress Rosecrans served as a principal base for the Union forces in the state for the remainder of the war. Only a few acres of the original fortress survive today. While there is no visitor center, the park service has developed walking trails and installed interpretive signage.
Fortress Rosecrans was needed to support further Union advances in Tennessee. It was named in honor of the local Union Army commander. The fortress was a logistics hub full of warehouses and supplies. Defenses included 25 foot walls set behind ditches and abatis, various blockhouses as well as 4 interior redoubts. Two roads, a railroad and a river all passed through the fort. While there were some Confederate raids and smaller engagements nearby, the base's formidable defenses served their purpose and it was never directly attacked. The Union Army abandoned the facility after the war and it quickly fell into disrepair. Only 3,000 feet of the original 14,000 feet of the fort’s walls still exist.
While little remains of the original structure, what still exists is in good condition and well maintained. The historical signage is informative and provides a reasonable understanding of the base’s construction and role. There were only a few other people visiting at the time so there were no crowd issues to deal with, and paved trails made it easy to get around. There is an additional redoubt off of College Street, but the main historical site at Old Fort Park is the best location to visit. Those interested in the Civil War should find a brief stop here to be interesting and worthwhile. This link has a good map of the current site and historical fort
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