Lunette Thomas

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Lunette Thomas (1863-1866) - A Union U.S. Civil War Lunette established in 1863 as a part of Fortress Rosecrans in present day Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee. Named Lunette Thomas after Major General George H. Thomas, (Cullum 1028). The Lunette was abandoned in 1866 after the end of the war when Fortress Rosecrans was abandoned.

Lunette Thomas and Interpretive Panel
Lunette Thomas
Lunette Thomas Interpretive Panel and Display Cannon.

History of Lunette Thomas

After the Union army occupied Murfreesboro, Tennessee in January 1863, Major General William S. Rosecrans, (Cullum 1115), Commander of the Army of the Cumberland, gave his chief engineer Brigadier General USV James St. Clair Morton, (Cullum 1495), the job of designing and constructing what became Fortress Rosecrans. Morton planned a large enclosed fortification of over 200 acres that occupied both the north and south sides of the Stones River at Murfreesboro and included an important road junction and a rail line.

Lunette Thomas Front Curtain and Ditch

Lunette Thomas and the other Lunettes at Fortress Rosecrans were lightly armed earthworks along the outer perimeter providing strong points along a line of rifle trenches that connected them. Each Lunette was served by batteries of three to nine guns under the command of a commissioned officer with 60 to 100 enlisted men present.

Lunette Thomas was abandoned in 1866 after the end of the war when Fortress Rosecrans was abandoned.

Current Status

Lunette Thomas Interpretive Panel

Partial remains and several markers. Part of a preserved section that includes the remains of Lunette Palmer, Lunette Thomas and the connecting curtain and rifle pits.

Location: Old Fort Street in Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee. Map point is from the GNIS coordinates and may not be accurate.

Maps & Images

Lat: 35.85083 Long: -86.40917

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  • Elevation: 581'

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Visited: 15 May 2016

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