View our collection of photos from this important 1864 Nashville Campaign battlefield.
(12 photos in gallery)
Spring Hill Battlefield: 84 Acres Saved in 2010
The Civil War Trust helped save this 84 acre portion of the Spring Hill Battlefield, site of one of the most controversial affairs of the Civil War.
Passing in Front
This view from CWPT's current target property indicates just how close Hood's Confederates were to Schofield's Federals as they passed them on the Columbia pike during the night of November 29, 1864.
Columbia Pike Today
Union troops under Maj. Gen. John Schofield marched along the Columbia (modern day Route 31), within sight of the Confederate campfires.
Spring Hill - Development Threats
Like the nearby Franklin Battlefield, Spring Hill continues to be threatened by pitiless bulldozer's blade, heightening the importance of saving this hallowed ground.
"They was in there sure enough"
This sign marks the location of the early skirmishes at Spring Hill between elements of the Union army and Nathan Bedford Forrest's Confederate cavalry.
Waning Hours at Spring Hill
With daylight fading, two brigades of Patrick Cleburne's Confederates drove Union forces from this ridge on the afternoon of November 29, 1864.
Resistance on the Ridge
Supported by artillery, the Illinois, Missouri and Ohio troops of Luther Bradley's brigade defended this ridge south of Spring Hill against attacks by elements of Cleburne's division. Bradley, who was wounded in the fight, is seen as one of the Union heroes of Spring Hill.
Spring Hill - Tree Line
In their fight with Bradley's Federals, Cleburne's men passed through this tree line as they moved to take position of the ridge beyond it.
This 1835 structure served as headquarters for John Bell Hood on the evening of November 29, 1864.
Situated near the Columbia pike and the Confederate left flank, this stately mansion was host to Hood and a number his subordinates on November 30, 1864, the morning after the Union army escaped.
Ire at the Breakfast Table
In what must have been a very tense breakfast, Hood let his frustration burst forth before the handful of officers who had joined him at Rippavilla on November 30.
North to Franklin
View of the Columbia Pike, north of Spring Hill. Following their narrow escape, Union troops continued their northward trek along this road to Franklin.