By Carole Robinson, Staff Writer
On March 9, The Battle of Thompson’s Station will be commemorated with a reenactment and Living History Day on the grounds of Homestead Manor, where much of the battle was fought 150 years ago. The grounds open at 9 a.m. and admission is a suggested minimum $1 donation per adult.
The Living History Day is organized by the Thompson’s Station Economic Development Committee. It will feature artillery, cavalry and infantry demonstrations, as well as reenactments of the battle, including young Alice Thompson carrying the flag for the 3rd Arkansas.
Throughout the day there will be exhibits including a sutlers camp, a battlefield hospital, presentations by area historians, and food and craft vendors.
“Homestead Manor will be set up like a battlefield hospital and there will be tours of the manor,” said Liesa LaCroix, publicity chairman for the event. “And in the evening [from 5-7 p.m.], the Howling Brothers will provide Civil War era music for the dance.”
On March 5, 1863, a Union infantry brigade under the command of Col. John Coburn left Franklin heading south towards Columbia on a foraging expedition.
“At that time, Nashville was occupied by the Union,” said LaCroix. “Units often came this way foraging for supplies. This time they encountered a couple well-armed Rebel divisions,”
Four miles from Spring Hill, Coburn’s right wing attacked a Confederate force of two regiments. Brig. Gen. W.H. “Red” Jackson’s 2nd Division countered with a frontal attack while Big. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest swept around Coburn’s left flank and to his rear surrounding Coburn’s forces.
“As the battle ensued, ladies, slaves and children sought refuge in Homestead Manor,” LaCroix said.
At one point, the flag bearer for the 3rd Arkansas went down, which caused moments of confusion for the men following, until 17-year old Alice Thompson picked up the flag and lead the way.
“Alice’s action inspired the Confederate soldiers,” LaCroix said.
After three attacks of “hard fighting,” Jackson overtook the Union hilltop position while flanking Coburn’s troops; Forrest captured Coburn’s wagon train and blocked the road to Columbia. Forrest’s famous horse Rodderick was killed during the action.
Rodderick is buried nearby and a roadside marker memorializes him.
The Thompson’s Station Economic Development Committee is still seeking sponsors and volunteers for the event. To get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 794-4333. Registration is now open for reenactors and vendors. Details and applications are available at www.Thompsons-Station.com.
Posted on: 2/21/2013