This week is the 147th anniversary of the Battle of Stones River in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Dudeboy and I took The Richard along with us to attend some of the programs commemorating the event.
These are some of the members of the 9th Kentucky re-enactment group. Of course, Dudeboy's Great-Great-Great Grandfather Joel "Top" Simmons fought with the 9th Ky, Co. K. However, he did not participate in the battle at Stones River. He was convalescing in a hospital in Nashville at the time.
Re-enactors portraying a Louisiana Battery (I believe it is the Washington Artillery).
Dudeboy and the carnage in the Slaughter Pen.
Dudeboy and the Richard holding artillery projectiles.
"Give them a whiff of grapeshot."
Fifty-seven guns were fired basically at point blank into the Orphan Brigade from this position. Former Vice-President John C. Breckinridge was moved to wail, "My poor Orphans! My poor Orphans."