ABOVE: Visitors on a tour of the Carter House property look at bullet holes from the fierce Battle of Franklin. // FILE
Rippavilla will host a candlelight tour in commemoration of the Battle of Spring Hill beginning at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25.
Guests will hear reenactors offering firsthand accounts of individual Union and Confederate soldiers as they tour the beautiful Rippavilla Plantation mansion by candlelight. On the grounds, guests will experience a simulated soldier camp scene.
On Nov. 29, 1864, the Union army under the command of Major General John M. Schofield slipped past the Confederate forces in Spring Hill. 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 of the Civil War occurred.
Admission is $12 per person and may be purchased online or the day of the event.
This annual event takes place at Rippavilla Plantation, 5700 Main St., in Spring Hill. For more information, please call 931-486-9037 or visit www.rippavilla.org.
The following weekend will be marked by observances of the 154th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin, which occurred late on Nov. 30, 1864.
The Battle of Franklin Trust will be offering 90-minute tours of the Franklin Battlefield, departing every hour between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on November 29 & 30. Tickets cost $25 and reservations are required. Tickets may be purchased online: boft.org/battlefield-tours, or through Meagan Roberts, Gift Shop & Group Tours
email@example.com or (615) 905-0693.
On Nov. 30, to commemorate the Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin, 10,000 luminaries, representing the casualties of the battle, will be lit at dusk. This event is free to the public. Details.