Stones River, a Virtual Tour
Stones River National Battlefield
McFadden's Ford

1. June 2013: James Neel, TX
2. May 2003: Brian Risher, MS
3. October 2000: Don Worth, UCLA
4. 2000: Steve Cone, TN
5. March 1995: Webmaster

(June 2013) Enlarge McFadden Farm Artillery Monument
The last "official" stop is the area where Rosecrans' chief of artillery, John Mendenhall gathered some 57 Union cannon to blast the final Confederate attack, that of John C. Breckinridge's Division, at 4 PM the evening of Jan. 2, 1863. Fearing the effort a waste of lives, Breckinridge remonstrated with Bragg, then finding him unmovable, postponed the attack as late as possible in the short winter day. Predictably, after startling initial success, the massed Union guns turned the attack into a debacle and Stones River into an important Union victory in the dark days following Fredericksburg
Courtesy of James Neel


(5-03) McFadden's Ford
Panorama: McFadden Farm Artillery Monument

(3-95) McFadden's Ford, Old Tour Stop 9. View looking west across rise above McFadden's Ford. As Union soldiers crouched here behind breastworks of stone and rail, a battered advance division fled back across the river pursued by Gen. John C. Breckinridge's hard-driving Confederate brigades. Union batteries firing from the rise above McFadden's Ford halted Breckinridge's pursuit with shot, shell, and canister. Some 1,800 Confederates were killed or wounded in less than an hour in this final action of the battle

(5-03) Enlarge McFadden's Ford: Mcfadden Farm Artillery Monument  

(5-03) McFadden's Ford
Interpretive Marker: Union Artillery Information
Interpretive Marker: Artillery Saves the Day, January 2, 1863

McFadden's Ford Page1     Page2     Page3     Page4     Next

Return to Stones River Home     Return to NPS Battlefield Tour