Perryville in Boyle County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
—The Battle for Kentucky October 8, 1862 —
Maney’s Confederates regrouped and rushed through the valley. They fought desperately at the stone wall, assaulting the Union troops again and again. Finally, a Union counterattack forced Maney’s exhausted brigade, now low on ammunition, to retreat back to this hill.
Both sides refused to renew the struggle. Maney’s brigade fell back to Parsons’ Ridge, and Starkweather’s troops retreated to the west.
While Maney’s attack helped the Confederates secure a tactical victory at Perryville, Starkweather’s stand saved the Union army. Bloodied in victory, some Confederate units lost more than half their command. The Southern army soon marched out of Kentucky. Never again was there a concerted effort to hold the Commonwealth for the Confederacy.
...the ground around was slippery with blood, many a poor dark looking powder begrimed Artillery man was
Union Captain Robert B. Taylor
Location. 37° 40.49′ N, 84° 58.532′ W. Marker is in Perryville, Kentucky, in Boyle County. Marker can be reached from Whites Road west of Battlefield Road (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 Starkweather's Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Act of Mercy (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Cornfield (about 800 feet away); On this Spot Brig. Gen. James S. Jackson Fell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sanctuary (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stewart's Attack (approx. 0.2 miles away); Defense of Parsons’ Ridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Defense of Parsons’ Ridge (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 with the caption, “The 4th Indiana Light Artillery under the command of Union Captain Asahel K. Bush, lost 13
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 •
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