“Tis the season to remember

So it was said… today was the busiest shopping day of the year. The road I traveled on was packed with cars and the shopping malls I passed were jammed with people. There was a frenzy in the air that coincided with the colorful blinking lights and extra hectic pace.

However, as I approached the Stones River Battlefield, one of our National Parks, the fervor of the day was left behind. It was on this site that the Battle of Stones River began; on the last day of 1862. It was one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Civil War.

As you approach the entrance to the park you are confronted by its the aftermath. The graves of more than 6,000 Union soldiers lie in the Stones River National Cemetery. Beginning on New Year’s Eve of 1862 and ending on January 2, 1863. The national cemetery is also the final resting place for nearly 1,000 veterans who served after the Civil War through the 1970s. 

Tis the season to remember ………………..