By Bob Veigel
February 16, 2013
The name Stones River Battlefield means a lot to me since I was raised in the area from 1949 thru 1955 as a young Air Force kid. Over the years I walked this beautiful battlefield with my brother, Jim, and my mother on many occassions. There have been many changes to the battlefield over the years but I can still imagine the sounds as described to me by the custodian of the National Cemetary across from the battlefield. The visitor center is a must to visit for anyone who has never been to the battle field.There is much to see on the battlefield as you visit each of the important battle locations both on and off of the battle field.Ft Rosencrans, the Union Army Depot adjacent to the battle field is worth visiting also, although you cannot see all of it because only a small portion has been restored. AAlthough not part of the battlefield, a visit to the home of the Boy Hero of Tennessee, Sam Davis is a must see plantation in Smyrna on the way to Nashville. He was a Confederate soldier who was captured and hung because he would not reveal where he got the information about the Union Forces which he had when he was captured. I have returned to this area of Tennessee several times and had the opportunity to show it to my son and wife also.The one thing that distracts visitors is the cement factory right outside the National Cemetary fence.