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Sgt. Harris B. Cope Memorial

 
 
Sgt. Harris B. Cope Memorial (base) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
1. Sgt. Harris B. Cope Memorial (base)
Inscription.
(base)
Dedicated to the memory of
Sgt. Harris B. Cope
Company G
16th Tennessee Infantry
who fell in the fields ahead
October 8, 1862


(top)
Donelsonís Brigade

The brigade of Brig. Gen. Daniel S. Donelson (nephew of President Andrew Jackson) consisted of the 8th, 15th, 16th, 38th, and 51st Tennessee Infantry regiments, and Capt. William Carnesí Tennessee Light Artillery Battery, and was the first of the four brigades of Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Cheathamís First Division, Maj. Gen. Leonidas Polkís Right Wing, Gen. Braxton Braggís Army of the Mississippi.

October 8, 1862

In the late morning Donelsonís brigade (with Cheathamís Division), leaving its bivouac site in and around the Perryville Cemetery, marched in the direction of Harrodsburg to take up a position on the right of the Confederate line. The brigade filed off of the turnpike near the Crawford House and followed the dry Chaplin River to get into position.

After arriving at the staging area near the Goodknight House along the river bottomlands behind you, Carnesí Battery and the 8th & 51st Tennessee Infantry regiments were detached to assist an artillery bombardment several hundred yards to the left and, later, to assist
Sgt. Harris B. Cope Memorial (top) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
2. Sgt. Harris B. Cope Memorial (top)
in the attack of Brig. Gen. George Maneyís brigade to the far right.

It was determined that Donelsonís Brigade would lead the main attack directly over the fields ahead. The attack was to be made without the detached regiments in spite of Donelsonís personal appeals for their return. The attack of Donelsonís three remaining units, the 15th, 16th and 38th Tennessee Infantry regiments was launched a few minutes after 2:00 P.M. against what was believed to be the Union left flank. Led by the 16th Tennessee Infantry regiment, the three regiments ran into a murderous cross fire from Parsonsí improvised United States Battery on the high ground ahead and to the right and Harrisí 19th Indiana Battery on the high ground to the left and front. The 16th Tennessee lost half of its men in just a few minutes. Despite the tremendous losses, the three regiments continued the attack with shouts of victory. They first struck the 33rd Ohio Infantry regiment and then the 2nd Ohio Infantry regiment directly ahead, inflicted heavy losses on the Ohioans and captured the Lieutenant Colonel of the 33rd regiment. Donelson's three regiments, in the end, bought enough time for the two other of Cheathamís brigades to adjust their lines and effectively assault the Union positions. The 15th, 16th and 38th Tennessee Infantry regiments surged ahead until they were halted by artillery fire and superior
Sgt. Harris B. Cope Memorial (rear) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
3. Sgt. Harris B. Cope Memorial (rear)
enemy numbers. Their ammunition exhausted, what were left of Donelsonís three regiments were relieved by Brig. Gen. A. P. Stewartís brigade.

Later in the afternoon the 8th and 51st Tennessee Infantry regiments returned to this area and spearheaded another attack, along with the regiments of the 15th, 16th, and 38th Tennessee Infantry regiments, in the fields directly ahead. Darkness, though, finally ended the fighting.

Casualties

8th Tennessee Infantry: Killed 4, Wounded 28, Total 33 -- 15th Tennessee Infantry: Killed 9, Wounded 25, Total 34 -- 16th Tennessee Infantry: Killed 41, Wounded 151, Missing 7, Total 199 -- 38th Tennessee Infantry: Killed 5, Wounded 38, Total 43 -- 51st Tennessee Infantry: Killed 9, Wounded 25, Total 34 -- and Carnesí Tennessee Battery: Killed 1, Wounded 4, Total 5.

(rear)
Donelsonís Brigade
Cheathamís Division
Polkís Right Wing
Army of the Mississippi

 
Location. 37° 40.495′ N, 84° 58.043′ W. Marker is in Perryville, Kentucky, in Boyle County. Marker can be reached from Park Road near Battlefield Road (Kentucky Route 1920). Click for map. Located in Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1825 Battlefield Road, Perryville KY 40468, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Sgt. Harris B. Cope Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
4. Sgt. Harris B. Cope Memorial
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Donelson's Attack (within shouting distance of this marker); Introduction (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Donelson's Advance (about 800 feet away); Stewart's Advance (approx. 0.2 miles away); Soldiers' Reaction to Lincoln's Emancipation (approx. 0.2 miles away); Perryvile and the Emancipation Proclamation (approx. 0.2 miles away); Army of the Ohio (approx. 0.2 miles away); Squire Henry P. Bottom (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Perryville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site. Kentucky Department of Parks (Submitted on August 23, 2011.) 

2. Perryville. Civil War Trust (Submitted on August 23, 2011.) 

3. Perryville. CWSAC Battle Summary (Submitted on August 23, 2011.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 565 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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