“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Perryville in Boyle County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

Turner's Battery



—The Battle for Kentucky October 8, 1862 —

Turner's Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
1. Turner's Battery Marker
Inscription. When General Maney’s Confederates attacked the Union left flank, located on the ridge in front of you, a Confederate artillery battery commanded by Lieutenant William Turner took position here. To support Maney’s advance, Tuner’s four cannon rained fire upon the Union position.

The Southerners drove the Union troops off of the ridge, and Turner moved his guns to that position to support the continued Confederate advance. More Confederate artillery commanded by Captain William Carnes then deployed on the hills far to your right, where they also shelled the Union lines.

Confederate artillery played a crucial role at Perryville by successfully supporting advancing infantry brigades.

Lieutenant Colonel John Patterson was a respected officer in Maney’s 1st Tennessee Infantry Regiment. During the Battle of Perryville, Patterson temporarily commanded this unit. Patterson’s men were held in reserve as the Confederates attacked, passed the split rail fence, and captured seven Union cannon on the hill in front of you. Continuing the advance against another ridge 400 yards west of here, one soldier wrote, “Our Lieutenant-Colonel Patterson halloed to charge and take [the Union] guns, and we were soon in a hand-to-hand fight…”

Patterson was killed while leading the attack against this second
Turner's Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
2. Turner's Battery Marker
ridge. According to Private Sam Watkins of the 1st Tennessee, Patterson “was killed standing right by my side. He was first shot though the hand, and was wrapping his handkerchief around it, when another ball struck and killed him.” Private Marcus Toney noted that “Colonel Patterson was slightly wounded in the wrist, but he tied a handkerchief around it and continued to give orders until a grapeshot hit his mustache, going through his head, killing him instantly.”

After the fight, two of the Union cannon captured from the hill in front of you were given to Turner’s Battery. They were engraved with the names of soldiers who had acted bravely in the battle. The first was inscribed with the name of A. T. Mitchell, a color-bearer slain at Perryville. The second was engraved with the name of Lieutenant Colonel Patterson.

Later in the war, at the Battle of Missionary Ridge in Tennessee, the Union army recaptured these two guns.

“I immediately opened an enfilading fire on them, at the distance of 250 or 300 yards, with canister, and continued it with shell and spherical case as the enemy retired.”
Lieutenant William B. Turner
Erected by PNC Bank. (Marker Number 5b.)
Location. 37° 40.711′ N,
Turner's Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 31, 2012
3. Turner's Battery Marker
Marker on right (yellow arrow). Parson's Ridge in distance.
84° 58.2′ W. Marker is in Perryville, Kentucky, in Boyle County. Marker can be reached from Park Road west of 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. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Maney's Attack (here, next to this marker); Assault on Parsons’ Ridge (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stewart's Advance (about 700 feet away); Defense of Parsons’ Ridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Defense of Parsons’ Ridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); On this Spot Brig. Gen. James S. Jackson Fell (approx. ¼ mile away); Army of the Ohio (approx. ¼ mile away); Union Monument (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Perryville.
More about this marker. In the center is an image of “Lt. Colonel John Patterson 1st Tennessee Infantry, CSA Killed in Action”
Also see . . .
1. Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site. Kentucky Department of Parks (Submitted on August 25, 2011.) 

2. Perryville. Civil War Trust (Submitted on August 25, 2011.) 

3. Perryville. CWSAC Battle Summary (Submitted on August 25, 2011.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 490 times since then and 79 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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