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Spring Hill in Maury County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Left of the Union Defensive Position

Opdycke's Brigade Line

 
 
Left of the Union Defensive Position Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 23, 2014
1. Left of the Union Defensive Position Marker
Inscription. At approximately 12:30 p.m. on November 29, 1864, Col. Emerson Opdycke’s veteran brigade known unofficially as “Opdycke’s tigers,” marching in the lead of Wagner’s division, swept through Spring Hill to secure the town from Confederate cavalry which was working its way north of the town. Opdycke established his lines from the Nashville and Decatur Railroad extending east across the Columbia-Franklin Pike to the Mount Carmen Road where he connected with Lane’s brigade. His regiments occupied a slight rise of ground with a small flooded stream guarding their front. This ridge is located approximately one mile west of here. Several miles to the north, an attempt would be made by Forrest’s cavalry to sever the pike at Thompson’s Station, but the arrival of Federal infantry rapidly cleared the road. There would be no further attempt to cut Schofield’s retreat route north of Spring Hill.

Opdycke experienced no combat action at this location, and his brigade served as the rear guard for Schofield’s army. Opdycke’s last men did not leave the town until 5:00 a.m. on November 30th, just before first light. That afternoon, this brigade won eternal fame when it repulsed a Confederate breakthrough at the Carter House in Franklin.

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(lower left) Map by Chuck Brown, White Star Consulting, 1996
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Left of the Union Defensive Position Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 23, 2014
2. Left of the Union Defensive Position Marker
right) Ken C. Turner Collection, courtesy Blue Acorn Press
 
Location. 35° 44.573′ N, 86° 55.63′ W. Marker is in Spring Hill, Tennessee, in Maury County. Marker can be reached from Kedron Road 0.2 miles north of Old Kedron Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is located on the entrance road to Spring Hill Battlefield-Jerry Erwin Park. Marker is in this post office area: Spring Hill TN 37174, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ewell Farm (here, next to this marker); Nashville and Decatur Railroad (here, next to this marker); Cleburne's Pursuit (approx. 0.4 miles away); Confederate Deployment (approx. 0.4 miles away); Forrest's 3:00 p.m. Cavalry Attack (approx. 0.4 miles away); Confederate Attacks at Spring Hill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Branham and Hughes Military Academy (approx. half a mile away); Martin Cheairs Home (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spring Hill.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 281 times since then and 31 times this year. Last updated on April 8, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 5, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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