Rippavilla Plantation will once again host a candlelight tour commemorating the Battle of Spring Hill, which is regarded by many historians to be one of the biggest military blunders of the Civil War.
On the lawn of Rippavilla, guests will hear re-enactors offer first-person accounts of Union and Confederate soldiers before touring the candlelit mansion to hear accounts from Susan Cheairs’ collection of personal correspondence and diary describing encounters with the armies of both the Union and Confederacy.
The house tour will end in the original dining room where Confederate Lt. General John Bell Hood issued the orders for the Battle of Franklin. Grounds and mansion tours will be offered every 45 minutes starting at 1:30 p.m.; the last tour of the grounds and mansion will be offered at 3:45 p.m.
The commemoration ends at 5 p.m. with the lighting of 1,000 luminaries on the battlefield and a cannon volley by Maury Light Artillery, weather permitting.
At the Battle of Spring Hill, the Union army under the command of Major General John M. Schofield slipped past the Confederate forces in Spring Hill on Nov. 29, 1864. The following morning, after receiving news that the Federal Army escaped his trap, Confederate Commander Lt. General John Bell 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 conflict occurred later that day.
Admission for the annual event is $12 per person for ages 13 to 61. Ages 62 and up are charged $10 per person and children ages 6 to 12 are charged $7 per person. Reservations are not required.
All proceeds from this event benefit Rippavilla, Inc.