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:
If you are interested in learning more about the Battle of Franklin, check out my January 2010 article:
For an exciting narrative on the Franklin-Nashville Campaign, listen to my interview with famed historian Thomas Y. Cartwright:
As always, please remember to support the Civil War Trust. They have saved nearly 200 acres of the Spring Hill Battlefield.