Remembering the Battle of Triune, 153 Years Later

Triune Reenactment
1st TN Infrantry Co. D (Williamson Grays)

Most everyone knows or has heard about the Battle of Franklin.

But that was not the only Civil War battle to be fought around here.

There was the Battle of Stones River, or the Second Battle of Murfreesboro. Of course there was the first Battle of Murfreesboro.

Then, also, there was the lesser known battles and skirmishes that took place in Triune. These will be reenacted this weekend.

This Saturday and Sunday there will be a living history event and battle reenactment hosted at Kings Chapel, at 4980 Meadowbrook Blvd, in Arrington.

Tickets are $6 for one day or $10 for both days, and can purchased here. The Kings Chapel housing community has about 600 acres of land, on which the event will take place. The historical church will hold the living history, and there will be several lectures and a Civil War era church service on Sunday. Reenactors will set up camps in the nearby woods.

The Battle of Triune


Porters_Battery_070Before the Civil War, Triune was a growing area of central Tennessee. The first non-native American settler was a Virginian named¬†William Jordan, who built a log cabin there in 1796. A community grew, then, that came to be called Hardeman’s Crossroads. By the 1820s it had stores, saloons and leather shops.Several local plantations, also, had set up mills and cotton gins there. Its current name, Truine, comes from the area’s first church, the Triune Methodist Church, built in 1849. By the 1860s it was a thriving, small rural community.

But the Civil War would change all that.

Confederate brigades, under General Braxton Bragg, were stationed at the crossroads early in the war. Federal troops, on the way to what would be the Battle of Stones River in Murfreesboro in late 1862, encountered the Rebels and a fight broke out.

Bragg was defeated.

The Federal Army, after winning the subsequent battle at Stones River, occupied Triune in force and built fortifications, some of the trenches from these can still be seen today.

That Spring, Rebel forces tried repeatedly to retake the ground. Between April and June there were several cavalry skirmishes, including one in June led by General Nathan Bedford Forrest that broke through the Yankee lines.

The local people resisted Federal occupation and many were detained, and the namesake Triune church, a school and many homes were damaged or destroyed in the fighting.

From a New York Times article published at the time:

Published: June 14, 1863

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Friday, June 12.

The rebels made another attack on Triune, Tenn., yesterday.

At about 5 A.M., General FOREST, with 5,000 rebel cavalry and two batteries attacked the cavalry division commanded by General MITCHELL.

The Federals formed in line of battle, and replied vigorously to the fire of the rebels, who retreated as the Federals advanced.

The Federals pursued the rebels six miles, when scouts were sent out, who reported that the rebels were still retreating.

The pursuit of the rebels was then abandoned.

The rebels lost 21 killed, 60 or 70 wounded, and 10 prisoners.

The Federal loss is six killed, and among them is Lieut. N.C. BLAIR, of the Fourth Indiana cavalry.

Lieut. BLAIR’s body arrived here to-night.

Several executions of Federal soldiers for desertion will take place next week.

There was a grand review of the troops here today.

The weather is very hot.

In the river the water is twenty inches deep on the shoals.

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