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Spring Hill, Tenn Battlefield Locations Photos
Marker on east Kedron Road at McCutcheon Creek describing the valiant defense put up by the 26th OVI as part of Col John Lane's Brigade against General Nathan Bedford Forrest's Cavalry attack on November 29, 1864..  This successful repulse was critical to keeping the Columbia Pike open for the General Schofield's Army of the Cumberland to escape the Confederate trap and move north to Franklin. Photos are of Division Commander  General George Wagner (left) and 4th Corps Commander, David S Stanley(right).

The marker reads as follows:

                                
Center of the Union Defensive Position                                            
                                                 
Lane’s Brigade

"You’re located at the center of the Union defensive position established to the North, East and South of Spring Hill by Brigadier General George D. Wagner’s division.  The defense of Spring Hill was orchestrated by Major General David S Stanley, commanding officer of Schofield’s fourth army corps.  Colonel John Q Lane’s brigade was typical in both strength and composition of the federal forces that fought at Spring Hill.  Consisting of the 100th Illinois infantry, 40th Indiana infantry, 57th Indiana infantry, 28th Kentucky infantry, 26th Ohio infantry, and 97th Ohio infantry; the brigade fielded 80 officers and 1,586 enlisted men.

When Lane approached Spring Hill, “…it became apparent that the enemy was trying to get possession of that place….I moved my command at the double-quick to the East side of town, formed line of battle, deployed the 28th Kentucky as skirmishers and…moved at once on the enemy.”  After driving off Forrest's Cavalry, Lane withdrew to this position where he constructed a line of rifle pits on this ridge, a small stream ( McCutcheon's Creek) protecting his front.  When Bradley’s brigade was driven north of Mc Cutcheon Creek, Lane shifted his brigade to protect the south of the town."

  “It was the biggest days work I ever accomplished for the United States, ” Stanley writing about his command at Spring Hill.
26th OVI position with marker on the left- looking north from Kedron Road. McCutcheon Creek is to the left.
Photo taken atop Spring Hill, looking north. This is location where the most intense battle occurred as General Cleburne's forces attempted to  take control of the Columbia Pike, but were repulsed.  The marker describes the federal defense positions. The 26th OVI position was  to the left of the silo approximately  1/2 mile north from this spot. (the black arrow marks the area.)