March 2, 2016
The Clocks of Rippavilla
The Army of Tennessee encamped at the Rippavilla Plantation the night before the Battle of Franklin. The plan was to capture the Federal Army of the Ohio as they tried to escape Columbia and make their way to Nashville. Though command failures and misunderstandings, the Union army was allowed to slip past the Confederates in the night. By the next day the Union army had established defensive breastworks in Franklin.
The clocks and watches at Rippavilla are wonderful examples of late 19th century timepieces. For many years they sat silent. Now they are running every day and may be seen during tours of the mansion.