Location: Maury County
Campaign: Franklin-Nashville Campaign (1864)
Date(s): November 24 [24-29], 1864
Principal Commanders: Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield [US]; Gen. John Bell Hood [CS]
Forces Engaged: XXIII Army Corps and elements of IV Army Corps [US]; Army of Tennessee [CS]
Estimated Casualties: Unknown
Description:Conflict near Columbia, during Hoods 1864 Tennessee invasion, constituted a Confederate diversion as part of a maneuver designed to cross the Duck River upstream and interdict the Union armys line of communications with Nashville. As Gen. John Bell Hoods army advanced northeastward from Florence, Alabama, Maj. Gen. John M. Schofields force quickly withdrew from Pulaski to Columbia, arriving on November 24, just ahead of Forrests Rebel cavalry. The Federals built two lines of earthworks south of the town while skirmishing with enemy cavalry on November 24 and 25. Hood advanced his infantry on the following day but did not assault. He made demonstrations along the front while marching two corps of his army to Davis Ford, some five miles eastward on the Duck River. Schofield correctly interpreted Hoods moves, but foul weather prevented him from crossing to the north bank before November 28, leaving Columbia to the Confederates. The next day, both armies marched north for Spring Hill. Schofield had slowed Hoods movement but had not stopped him.
Result(s): Confederate victory