November 29, This day during the American Civil War

U S Military History

November 29, 1864 – The Battle of Columbia was a series of military actions that took place November 24–29, 1864, in Maury County, Tennessee, as part of the Franklin-Nashville Campaign of the American Civil War. It concluded the movement of Lt. Gen. John Bell Hood’s Confederate Army of Tennessee from the Tennessee River in northern Alabama to Columbia, Tennessee, and across the Duck River. A Union force under Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield skirmished with Hood’s cavalry, commanded by Maj. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, and fortified a defensive line south of Columbia, but soon withdrew north across the Duck River, abandoning the town. Hood’s invasion of Tennessee continued as he attempted to intercept Schofield’s retreating army at Spring Hill.On the morning of November 24, Forrest’s cavalry drove Capron’s men through Cox’s line south of Columbia and began probing attacks in an attempt to break through. The line straddled…

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