Battle of Vaught's Hill

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Battle of Vaught's Hill
Began:

March 20, 1863

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Rutherford County, Tennessee

Theater:

Western Theater

Campaign:

Middle Tennessee Operations

Outcome:

Union victory

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Combatants
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2nd Brigade, 5th Division,
XIV Army Corps

Morgan’s Cavalry Division

Commanders

Albert S. Hall
Colonel, USA

John Hunt Morgan
Brigadier General, CSA

Strength

1,300

3,500

Casualties

62

373

  

During the inactivity following the Battle of Stones River, a Union brigade-sized reconnaissance force, under Col. Albert S. Hall, left Murfreesboro on March 18. Circling to the northeast, Hall encountered Confederate Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s cavalry command which caused him to fall back to a position east of Milton. Pursuing Hall, Morgan’s men caught up with him on the morning of the 20th, at Vaught’s Hill. Dismounted, Morgan struck at both Union flanks, even to the point of encircling Hall’s hilltop position. Hall conducted a perimeter defense and withstood all Confederate attacks, which lasted till after 2:00 pm. Morgan continued to bombard the Yankees until 4:30 pm, when he broke off the engagement, after learning that Union reinforcements were en route from Murfreesboro. Union forces continued to strengthen their position in Middle Tennessee. (NPS summary)

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