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

Oaklawn

The Absalom Thompson House

 

—Hood's Headquarters —

 
Oaklawn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 23, 2014
1. Oaklawn Marker
Inscription. Late in the afternoon of November 29, 1864, Hood established the headquarters of the Army of Tennessee at this location. Hood spent part of the evening sitting on a log near the fish pond of the house while officers and generals came and went seeking orders. While Confederate attacks and units went awry south of town, Hood told one general, “General Forrest…holds the turnpike with a portion of his forces north of Spring Hill and will stop the enemy if he tries to pass toward Franklin, and so in the morning we will have a surrender without a fight…We can sleep quietly tonight.” The Thompson family provided Hood and his staff with “a big feast.”

Hood, his left arm crippled at Gettysburg and his right leg amputated at Chickamauga, had to be strapped into his saddle. During the afternoon, his horse had slipped on the treacherous roads and fallen on Hood. He was in physical pain and it has been suggested that he used whiskey or laundanum (an opium derivative) to dull his agony. Believing that Schofield’s army was trapped and being incapacitated by his injuries, Hood went to bed at 9:00 in the evening. Meanwhile, Schofield’s army was continuing to move north on the Columbia-Franklin Pike.

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(upper right) General John Bell Hood
 
Location.
Oaklawn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 23, 2014
2. Oaklawn Marker
35° 43.141′ N, 86° 55.795′ W. Marker is in Spring Hill, Tennessee, in Maury County. Marker is on Denning Lane 0.4 miles west of Kedron Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is located outside of the gate to the entrance to the house. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3331 Denning Lane, Spring Hill TN 37174, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Confederate Deployment (approx. 1.3 miles away); Forrest's 3:00 p.m. Cavalry Attack (approx. 1.3 miles away); Confederate Attacks at Spring Hill (approx. 1.3 miles away); Cleburne's Pursuit (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Battle of Spring Hill (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Spring Hill (approx. 1½ miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Spring Hill (approx. 1.6 miles away); Confederate Movements After Sunset (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spring Hill.
 
Regarding Oaklawn. Historic Oaklawn Plantation: History states Oaklawn has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior, built circa 1835. It also states that it was the home of George Jones and Tammy Wynette for a short while.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Oaklawn Plantaton-The Absalom Thompson House image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 23, 2014
3. Oaklawn Plantaton-The Absalom Thompson House
 
 
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 303 times since then and 54 times this year. Last updated on April 8, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3. 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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