Oaklawn The Absalom Thompson House - Spring Hill TN
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 35° 43.141 W 086° 55.795
16S E 506338 N 3952786
Quick Description: Hood's Headquarters- Late in the afternoon of November 29, 1864, Hood established the headquarters of the Army of Tennessee at this location. Hood spent part of the evening sitting on a log near the fish pond of the house.
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 10/27/2020 6:14:25 PM
Waymark Code: WM13AQH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Turtle3863
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Long Description:
Oaklawn-The Absalom Thompson House— Hood's Headquarters —Late in the afternoon of November 29, 1864, Hood established the headquarters of the Army of Tennessee at this location. Hood spent part of the evening sitting on a log near the fish pond of the house while officers and generals came and went seeking orders. While Confederate attacks and units went awry south of town, Hood told one general, “General Forrest…holds the turnpike with a portion of his forces north of Spring Hill and will stop the enemy if he tries to pass toward Franklin, and so in the morning we will have a surrender without a fight…We can sleep quietly tonight.” The Thompson family provided Hood and his staff with “a big feast.”

Hood, his left arm crippled at Gettysburg and his right leg amputated at Chickamauga, had to be strapped into his saddle. During the afternoon, his horse had slipped on the treacherous roads and fallen on Hood. He was in physical pain and it has been suggested that he used whiskey or laundanum (an opium derivative) to dull his agony. Believing that Schofield’s army was trapped and being incapacitated by his injuries, Hood went to bed at 9:00 in the evening. Meanwhile, Schofield’s army was continuing to move north on the Columbia-Franklin Pike.

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(upper right) General John Bell Hood

LOCATION: Marker is in Spring Hill, Tennessee, in Maury County. Marker is on Denning Lane 0.4 miles west of Kedron Road, on the right when traveling west. The marker is located outside of the gate to the entrance to the house. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3331 Denning Lane, Spring Hill TN 37174, United States of America.
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