March 20, 1863 in Milton, Tennessee,
Middle Tennessee Operations
Union Forces Commanded by: Col. Albert S. Hall
Confederate Forces Commanded by: Brig. General John Hunt Morgan
**Missing and Captured
Conclusion: Union Victory
During the inactivity following the Battle of Stones River, a Union brigade-sized reconnaissance force, under Col. Albert S. Hall, left Murfreesboro on March 18. Circling to the northeast, Hall encountered Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan's cavalry command which caused him to fall back to a position east of Milton.
Pursuing Hall, Morgan's men caught up with him on the morning of the 20th, at Vaught's Hill. Dismounted, Morgan struck at both Union flanks, even to the point of encircling Hall's hilltop position. Hall conducted a perimeter defense and withstood all Confederate attacks, which lasted till after 2:00 P.M.
Morgan continued to bombard the Federals until 4:30 P.M., when he broke off the engagement, after learning that Union reinforcements were en route from Murfreesboro. Union forces continued to strengthen their position in Middle Tennessee.