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

Defense of Parsons’ Ridge



—The Battle for Kentucky October 8, 1862 —

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By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
1. Defense of Parsons’ Ridge Marker
Inscription. Union Brigadier General William Terrill was nearly panic-stricken. To his surprise, thousands of Confederates swarmed over the fields in front of you, moving toward the Federal lines. The shouts of attacking Southern troops and the crescendo of gunfire echoed among these hills. Terrill’s soldiers, mostly new recruits, were still maneuvering into position as they faced the terror of their first battle.

Terrill ordered the eight cannon on this ridge to fire into the Confederate ranks. As the ground shook from the cannon blasts, Confederate troops suddenly appeared at a split-rail fence at the base of the hill. Fearful that his artillery would fall into enemy hands, Terrill ordered a bayonet charge by the 123rd Illinois Infantry. It was a poor decision. Outnumbered, they were driven back with heavy casualties.

Even with reinforcements, Terrill’s inexperienced men could not withstand the persistent Confederate attackers who had now leapt the fence. Seasoned by battle, the Confederates determinedly loaded and fired, forcing the Federals from the hill and delivering a brutal initiation to the horrors of warfare.

...[T]he rebels had the start of us by two rounds while we were forming and loading our pieces. There was no cessation of was a perfect hail storm of balls all the time.
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By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
2. Defense of Parsons’ Ridge Marker
soldier Bliss Morse
105th Ohio Infantry

Most of the bullets went over our heads, and sounded like a swarm of bees running away in the hot summer air overhead.
Union Major James A. Connolly
123rd Illinois Infantry
Location. 37° 40.63′ N, 84° 58.361′ 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. A different marker also named Defense of Parsons’ Ridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Assault on Parsons’ Ridge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); On this Spot Brig. Gen. James S. Jackson Fell (about 400 feet away); The Cornfield (about 400 feet away); Union Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Turner's Battery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Maney's Attack (approx. 0.2 miles away); Army of the Ohio (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Perryville.
More about this marker. On the upper right is a photograph of “Union Brigadier General William R. Terrill”
Also see . . .
Parsons’ Ridge image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
3. Parsons’ Ridge

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 395 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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