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

Defense of Parsons’ Ridge

Perryville

 

—The Battle for Kentucky October 8, 1862 —

 
Defense of Parsons’ Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
1. Defense of Parsons’ Ridge Marker
Inscription. As Maney’s Confederates reached the top of this hill they watched the fleeing Union soldiers retreat into the valley in front of you. The Southerners had lost hundreds of men killed and wounded during the fight to take this ridge, and their hearts must have sunk when they saw more Federal troops arriving on the ridges to the west.

Because of Perryville’s rolling terrain, the Union army established one defensive position after another, each on a hilltop or ridge. While this hill marked the northern end of the Union battle line, other Federal soldiers arrived on the battlefield and occupied other ridges in front of you.

Regrouping, Maney’s brigade charged down the slope toward the new Union lines. Little did they know that three hours of intense fighting remained in a battle that would decide the fate of Kentucky.

The butchery was something awful. I remembered thinking at the time that I could walk upon dead bodies from where the enemy’s line was established until it reached the woods, some three hundred yards away. Of course, in making this charge we lost a great number of men.
Confederate officer Thomas Malone
 
Location. 37° 40.642′ N, 84° 58.37′ W. Marker is in Perryville, Kentucky, in Boyle County. Marker can
Relative elevations of the 3 main ridges and hilltops over which Maney’s Brigade charged. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
2. Relative elevations of the 3 main ridges and hilltops over which Maney’s Brigade charged.
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); On this Spot Brig. Gen. James S. Jackson Fell (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Assault on Parsons’ Ridge (about 400 feet away); The Cornfield (about 400 feet away); Turner's Battery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Maney's Attack (approx. 0.2 miles away); Union Monument (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 bottom is a figure with the caption, “The image below shows the relative elevations of the three main ridges and hilltops over which Maney’s Brigade charged. Each color band represents ten feet of elevation. Even though the hills are not high, it was difficult for troops to see successive hilltops. Plus, the wide valleys allowed batteries and infantry on the hilltops to deliver devastating fire upon troops crossing the open ground.
 
Also see . . .
1. Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site
Defense of Parsons’ Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
3. Defense of Parsons’ Ridge Marker
. 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
 
Parson's Ridge, Maney's Ridge & Attack, and The Cornfield image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 31, 2012
4. Parson's Ridge, Maney's Ridge & Attack, and The Cornfield
Wide View - Direction of Maney's Attack (red arrows).
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 442 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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