Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Battle of Thompson’s Station

Marker ID: THC 3D 55
Location: on Columbia Pike (U.S. 31), Thompsons Station, TN
County: Williamson
Coordinates: N 35° 48.056    W 086° 54.255
  35.80093333    -86.90425
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


In the spring of 1863 the Federal Army operating out of Nashville made several foraging expeditions into this area collecting food and hay. At this site, General Earl Van Dorn’s Confederate Cavalry Corps defeated a Federal task force under Col. John Coburn; he along with 1220 officers and men were captured. The outcome was decided by Forrest’s Brigade which overran the Federal left several hundred yards northeast in a flank attack. In this action Forrest ‘s famous horse “Roderick” was killed.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.