Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Lunette Palmer

After the Battle of Stones River Rosecrans kept his army in the Murfreesboro area. He decided to make Murfreesboro a huge supply depot for the next season's campaigns (one could argue he started that next campaign a little tardy). The supply depot he constructed was called Fortress Rosecrans and was huge, over 200 acres in size with 14,000 feet of earthworks. It controlled all the main transportation routes (rail and road) into the city. About 3,000 feet of earthworks remain in two areas, Lunette Palmer and Redoubt Brannan.

It is hard to get a good picture of the size of the fortress because there is so much vegetation blocking the views, but this drawing will give some idea of what Lunette Palmer looked like. I've included two pictures to show how the vegetation prevents long panoramas and then I have a copy of a postcard I scanned.

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