By QUINT QUALLS
Rippavilla Plantation will play host to its first annual Civil War Relic Show Oct. 8-9.
The event will feature more than a dozen of the best local purveyors of Civil War artifacts, according to organizer Pam Perdue.
So far the show has been just a couple of weeks in the works, and yet the event organizers have secured about half of the planned total of 14 vendors. Registration remains open for about seven more.
“This fits in well with our mission,” Perdue said. “We are a Civil War site, so we like to focus on the Civil War. There are other events we put on – Swanky Plank, Vines & Vintage, the mud run – but those are all intended as fundraisers. This event really ties back into our mission, which is to promote Civil War history.”
Attendees can expect to see a variety of Civil War artifacts and heirlooms for sale at the show, ranging from canteens to belt buckles and other apparel.
All items will be true artifacts from the Civil War and no reproduced items are permitted, according to Perdue. Although, one vendor will have signed paintings and prints of Civil War scenes on offer.
Admission to the event costs $10 and includes a tour of the mansion and access to several local authors who will be at Rippavilla promoting and signing their books.
The authors include Jamie Gillum, author of “Twenty-Five Hours to Tragedy,” who guided tours of the battlefield grounds at Rippavilla’s 150th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Spring Hill, and James Knight, author of “Hood’s Tennessee Campaign: The Desperate Venture of a Desperate Man.”
Former Franklin Alderman Pam Lewis will also be on hand promoting her new cookbook, and Bridget Smith, author of “Where Elephants Fought: A Story of Murder and Intrigue During the Civil War” will also be present.
Rippavilla Plantation served as headquarters for both Union and Confederate generals during the Civil War, and troops of both armies camped and fought battles on and near the antebellum home. Most famously, Confederate Lt. General John Bell Hood outlined his plans for the Battle of Franklin in the Rippavilla dining room on Nov. 30, 1864.
The Battle of Spring Hill, which served as a prelude to the Battle of Franklin, is regarded as a major military blunder for the Confederacy during the Civil War. The Union army under the command of Major General John M. Schofield slipped past Confederate forces in Spring Hill on Nov. 29, 1864.
The following morning, after receiving news that the Federal Army escaped his trap, Hood ordered his senior officers to meet at Rippavilla for a breakfast meeting.
According to published research, the breakfast quickly turned into a “heated exchange” with Hood ordering his army to march to Franklin where one of the bloodiest battles in the war occurred later that day.
The two-day Civil War Relic Show will run on Saturday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information and updates, visit the event page on Facebook and the Rippavilla special events web page.
Quint Qualls covers Spring Hill for Home Page Media Group. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.