Skirmish at Snow Hill

Today, Christians around the world are celebrating Good Friday.  However, 147 years ago today the soldiers fighting in the Civil War were engaged in spring campaigning.  Near Snow Hill, Tennessee flowering dogwoods were blooming and the native grasses were becoming a luxuriant green.  A new color was soon to be introduced – RED.  With US Major General William S. Rosecrans’Army of the Cumberland well entrenched at Murfreesboro skirmishes were common in the vicinity.  Over the past several weeks CSA Colonel Basil W. Duke’s 1st Cavalry Brigade, of Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan’sCavalry Division, had been on the move constantly.  They patrolled south of Murfreesboro scouting for any Federal movements.  On the Federal side US Colonel Eli Long’s Second Cavalry Brigade of Brigadier General John B. Turchin’sSecond Cavalry Division were active.  The 3d Ohio Cavalry, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Charles B. Seidel, and the 4th Ohio Cavalry, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Oliver P. Robie were scouting in the area of Snow Hill on April 2.  They would clash with CSA Colonel D. Howard Smith’s 5th Kentucky (CSA) Cavalry regiment.  With the Federal forces having a significant numerical superiorty, they would be victorious at Snow Hill suffering nine casualties (1 killed), while Smith lost 50 killed and wounded.  The cavalry skirmishes would continue for the next several weeks leading up to the Tullahoma Campaign.

About Michael Noirot

I grew up in the Central Illinois farming community, of Dunlap. Growing up, I played sports, tinkered with cars and enjoyed photography. While I did well in school, I did not become passionate about history until my early 30's. I have built a large library, of books on early America, politics and the Civil War. I am an avid reader. Fortunately, I have had plenty of opportunities to travel, over the years, and have been to most of the Civil War battlefields. I work while I travel, so more often than not, I am up, in the middle of the night, to get sunrise pictures, or I will be out until well after dark, exploring Civil War battlefields. I have other hobbies, and passions, that I really enjoy. Number one on the list would be guitar. I play my guitars on a regular basis, and enjoy the Bluegrass, and Contemporary Christian (CCM) genres. I play a style of guitar, called FLATPICKING, where using a flat pick, you play lead solos, similar to the way a fiddle would have been played during the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Laura, my wife, and I also enjoy scuba diving, travel and spending time at our property, in the country. Lastly, we spend as much time with our families, as possible. Thanks for stopping by.
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