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Perryville in Boyle County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

Donelson's Attack



óThe Battle for Kentucky October 8, 1862 ó

Donelson's Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
1. Donelson's Attack Marker
Confederate Brigadier General Daniel Donelson had been given great responsibility. His brigade was to open the Confederate attack by assaulting the northern end of the Union defensive line. Once Donelsonís brigade moved forward, other Southern troops would enter the battle. It was imperative for Donelsonís men to strike quickly and forcefully.

Before Donelsonís infantry deployed, Confederate cavalry rode through these fields, scouting out the Federal position and driving off a Union advance guard. The cavalry failed to see Union troops forming on the ridges to the northwest. Their inability to establish the northern end of the Union line would have disastrous results for Donelsonís men.

Forming into two lines on the flat ground behind you, Donelsonís brigade moved forward. Because the Federal troops were still deploying on the ridges to your front, Donelsonís soldiers, instead of striking the northern end of the Union line, moved more toward the Union center. This faulty deployment from a lack of reconnaissance nearly destroyed the opening Confederate attack.

Öthe whole line moved forward in beautiful order. All my conceptions of the hurrah and din and dust of battle were confounded by the cool, business-like operations going on before me. Those badly clothed, some shoeless, dirty and ragged-looking
Donelson's Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
2. Donelson's Attack Marker
men walked into the harvest of death before them with all the composure and much less of the bustle that a merchant would exhibit in walking to his counting room after breakfast.

Reporter, Atlanta Southern Confederacy
Location. 37° 40.519′ N, 84° 58.026′ W. Marker is in Perryville, Kentucky, in Boyle County. Marker is on Park Road east of Battlefield Road. 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. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sgt. Harris B. Cope Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Stewart's Advance (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Introduction (approx. 0.2 miles away); Donelson'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.
More about this marker. On the upper right are portraits of “Confederate General Braxton Bragg” and Confederate Brigadier General Daniel Donelson” with the caption, “Confederate General Braxton Bragg, commander of the Army of the Mississippi, tried to hit the Union army quickly and simultaneously in multiple locations. Donelsonís attack launched the dayís hostilities.”
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 419 times since then and 76 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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