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Vaughtís Hill   

Other Names: Milton

Location: Rutherford County

Campaign: Middle Tennessee Operations (1863)

Date(s): March 20, 1863

Principal Commanders: Col. Albert S. Hall [US]; Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan [CS]

Forces Engaged: 2nd Brigade, 5th Division, XIV Army Corps (a combined force of infantry, artillery, and cavalry comprising detachments from six units; approx. 1,300) [US]; Morganís Cavalry Division (approx. 3,500) [CS]

Estimated Casualties: 435 total (US 62; CS 373)

Description: 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 Morganís cavalry command which caused him to fall back to a position east of Milton. Pursuing Hall, Morganís men caught up with him on the morning of the 20th, at Vaughtís Hill. Dismounted, Morgan struck at both Union flanks, even to the point of encircling Hallís 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.

Result(s): Union victory

CWSAC Reference #: TN014

Preservation Priority: III.4 (Class D)

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