Martin Cheairs Home Headquarters of Confederate General Earl Van Dorn - Spring Hill TN
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 35° 44.941 W 086° 55.929
16S E 506134 N 3956113
Quick Description: In Spring 1863, Confederate Major General Earl Van Dorn established the headquarters of his cavalry command of the Army of the Mississippi at Spring Hill.
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 10/27/2020 9:13:23 PM
Waymark Code: WM13AQQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Turtle3863
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Martin Cheairs Home-Headquarters of Confederate General Earl Van Dorn
— April-May, 1863 —Battle of Spring Hill--In Spring 1863, Confederate Major General Earl Van Dorn established the headquarters of his cavalry command of the Army of the Mississippi at Spring Hill. On March 5, 1863 Van Dorn had commanded his cavalry in a fight at Thompson’s Station, which resulted in the overwhelming defeat of a Federal brigade. Van Dorn, a veteran of the Mexican War and several engagements with Indians on the frontier, was a successful cavalry commander, but also had the reputation (deserved or underserved) as a “lady’s man.”

Van Dorn originally established his headquarters as the residence of Dr. Aaron White on modern Duplex Road. Officially because of crowded conditions, but according to local tradition because of improper social activities, Van Dorn moved his headquarters to the larger Martin Cheairs Home in late April.

On May 7, 1864, Dr. George B. Peters, a prominent Spring Hill physician and politician, visited Van Dorn to discuss allegations that Van Dorn had been having an affair with his wife, and possibly with his oldest daughter. Sometime during their interview, Dr. Peters shot Van Dorn in the back of his head with a pistol. Van Dorn died within hours without regaining consciousness, and Dr. Peters was never prosecuted for his actions.

After the war, the Cheairs residence became the Branham-Hughes Military Academy, and is today part of the Tennessee Childrens Home. The home is not currently open to the public.

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Mississippi State Archives

LOCATION: Marker is in Spring Hill, Tennessee, in Maury County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 31) and Ferguson Street, on the left when traveling south on Main Street.
Marker is at or near this postal address: 5350 Main Street, Spring Hill TN 37174, United States of America.
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