Spring Hill in Maury County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Forrest's 3:00 p.m. Cavalry Attack
As Forrest's cavalry fought their way to the outskirts of Spring Hill by 2:30 p.m., they observed Brigadier General George Wagner's division marching into the town. Forrest, aggressive as ever, determined to attack quickly to seize the town and pike. Brigadier General James Chalmers, whose division Forrest selected to make the attack, protested that Federal infantry and artillery were present in force. Forrest ordered Chalmers to "drive those fellows off....I think you are mistaken; that is only a small cavalry force." One Confederate cavalry officer described the ensuing charge: "We had almost reached the edge of the woods when the shock came. Twenty pieces of artillery opened upon us, followed by the fire of a long line of infantry. Horses tumbled over each other and fell, men were shot, and horses galloped away riderless, and limbs and bark covered the ground. It was a dreadful few minutes." With the charge a failure, Chalmers went back to Forrest, who remarked, "They was in there sure enough, wasn't they, Chalmers?"
Location. 35° 44.238′ N, 86° 55.529′ W. Marker is in Spring Hill, Tennessee, in Maury County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Kedron Road and Reserve Boulevard, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Attacks at Spring Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Deployment (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cleburne's Pursuit (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ewell Farm (approx. 0.4 miles away); Left of the Union Defensive Position (approx. 0.4 miles away); Nashville and Decatur Railroad (approx. 0.4 miles away); Branham and Hughes Military Academy (approx. 0.9 miles away); Martin Cheairs Home (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spring Hill.
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of Spring Hill. Civil War Trust (Submitted on August 23, 2015.)
2. Battle of Spring Hill. City of Spring Hill, TN (Submitted on August 23, 2015.)
3. Battle of Spring Hill. Wikipedia (Submitted on August 23, 2015.)
4. Ripaville Plantation. (Submitted on August 23, 2015.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 23, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 211 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 23, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.