On March 13, four members of the Kirby-Smith Chapter 327 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy visited the historic Rippavilla Plantation at Spring Hill. Nestled among 100 acres of farmland and rolling hills sits the Greek revival style mansion which was completed in 1855. The mansion was built for Nathaniel Frances Chearis IV, his wife, Susan Peter McKissack Chearis, and their children.
While at the plantation, the members were told the history of the nearby battles and saw where the Battle of Spring Hill, a part of the Franklin-Nashville Campaign, was fought on November 29, 1864. A Union victory, the battle took place on the property adjacent to the mansion grounds. Lieutenant General John Bell Hood, a native of Kentucky, was in command of the Army of Tennessee. Major General John M. Schofield was in command of the Union army. Cheairs enlisted into the 3rd Tennessee Infantry as a field officer with the Bigby Grays serving with the rank of major. He survived the war and returned home to run his plantation.
The members also visited the town of Charlotte and the old Dickson County courthouse. On the lawn are monuments, erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, honoring the Confederate soldiers. Also, there are monuments erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution in memory of the American patriots, and a large monument dedicated to the men and women of Dickson County who served in the armed forces during the 20th century.
For the present time, the Kirby-Smith Chapter 327 has suspended its monthly meetings due to coronavirus health concerns. Monthly meetings will resume as soon as it is deemed safe.