Spring Hill Battlefield – A Short Photo Essay

On November 29, 1864, CSA Lieutenant General John Bell Hood’s Army of Tennessee attempted to block US Major General John M. Schofield’s retreat route to Nashville. His goal was to place his army across the Franklin-Columbia Turnpike at Spring Hill, Tennessee. As he approached Spring Hill, he was unaware that a portion of the Federal army was already there. The resulting “Affair at Spring Hill” would result in nearly 700 combined casualties as CSA Major General Patrick R. Cleburne’s Division faced off against two Federal brigades at Rally Hill. The action was inconclusive with the two belligerents holding their positions until darkness covered the battlefield. During the overnight hours, Schofield was able to sneak his entire army past the resting Rebels setting the stage for the sanguinary Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864.

I was able to visit Spring Hill on a recent business trip. I am fascinated with how the battlefield changes with the passage of time and seasons. Check out my short photo essay on Spring Hill by clicking HERE. There are some very nice pictures of Rippavilla Plantation and Rally Hill.

For additional information on the Affair at Spring Hill, check out my December 2009 article:

From Atlanta to Spring Hill

If you are interested in learning more about the Battle of Franklin, check out my January 2010 article:

The Battle of Franklin

For an exciting narrative on the Franklin-Nashville Campaign, listen to my interview with famed historian Thomas Y. Cartwright:

Thomas Y. Cartwright Interview on ThisMightyScourge.com

As always, please remember to support the Civil War Trust. They have saved nearly 200 acres of the Spring Hill Battlefield.


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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3 Responses to Spring Hill Battlefield – A Short Photo Essay

  1. I have enjoyed your site for some time and played your “editor” on one occasion. I noticed a short time back you slipped in and out of Seattle. I wish I would have known you were in the area. I would have enjoyed trying to meet you. I’m north across the county line in Mill Creek, just south of Everett. I was a History major in my undergraduate years (Linfield College 1962) and have been interested in the Civil War since high school. I also hold a MA in History (1976, Niagara University) and a MA in Military History (2008, Norwich University). I served in the Navy (1963-84), was a Surface Warfare Officer, and retired as a Lieutenant Commander. I enjoy your articles because you sometimes wander along the “side roads” and “back trails,” drawing attention to subjects that might otherwise be overlooked. Thank you for your efforts.

  2. Gordon,
    Thank you for your kind words. I am glad you enjoy my blog. Have a great day!

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