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Spring Hill Battlefield

The Battle of Spring Hill
November 29, 1864

Spring Hill was the prelude to the Battle of Franklin.  On the night of November 28, 1864, Gen. John Bell Hood’s Army of Tennessee marched toward Spring Hill to get astride Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield’s Union army’s line of retreat towards Nashville. Cavalry skirmishing between Brig. Gen. James H. Wilson’s Union cavalry and Maj. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Confederate troopers continued throughout the day as the Confederates advanced. On November 29, Hood’s infantry crossed Duck River and converged on Spring Hill. In the meantime, Maj. Gen. Schofield reinforced the troops holding the crossroads at Spring Hill. In late afternoon, the Federals repulsed a piecemeal Confederate infantry attack. During the night, the rest of Schofield’s command passed from Columbia through Spring Hill to Franklin. This was, perhaps, Hood’s best chance to isolate and defeat the Union army. The engagement has been described as “one of the most controversial non-fighting events of the entire war."

Preservation

195 Acres Saved

Threats

Most Endangered

Battle Facts

Campaign

  • Franklin-Nashville Campaign

Battles In This Campaign

Location

  • Spring Hill, Tennessee

Dates

  • November 29, 1864

Union Commander

Confederate Commander

Estimated Casualties

  • 425 UnionUnion Flag
  • 275 ConfederateConfederate Flag

Result

  • Union Victory Union Flag

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