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

Defense of Loomis’ Heights



—The Battle for Kentucky October 8, 1862 —

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By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
1. Defense of Loomis’ Heights Marker
Inscription. In 1862, the ravine in front of you was planted in corn, the fields recently cut and harvested. Here, on this ridge, the Union soldiers established a strong defensive position. Two brigades and six cannon awaited the Confederate attack.

With a shout, Jones’ Confederate brigade crested the hill in front of you. Outnumbering the Confederate attackers, the Union troops’ muskets blazed. Sheets of flame erupted from the hundreds of rifles and the rapid fire at close range halted the attackers at the top of the hill. Although the Southerners tried to charge down into the valley four times, the tenacious Federal infantrymen repelled the attack as the cannon blasted holes in the Confederate lines. Torn apart, Jones’ brigade retreated.

While the Union troops stifled Jones’ attack, they were low on ammunition. Furthermore, their artillery withdrew because many artillerymen were killed and wounded by Confederate cannon fire.

Their cannon gone and their ammunition depleted, the Union lines wavered when Brown’s Confederate brigade crested the hill. Exchanging gunfire with these troops for more than half an hour, the Union defenders finally fell back when other Union brigades to the south withdrew. With ammunition low, Brown threatening their front, and other Confederate units attacking to your right, these Union troops
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By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
2. Defense of Loomis’ Heights Marker
fell back. Using the terrain to their advantage, they then established another defensive line on the ridges behind you.

But a short time elapsed before the enemy could be seen at a mile distant with their bayonets glistening in the sun (for it was a beautiful day) and advancing toward us in three columns deep.
Union Private Ormond Hupp
5th Indiana Light Artillery

A volley was poured into the advancing foe, which sent them back over the hill and down the slope. Again they rallied determined to take that battery at all hazards. From this time the contest was terrible.
Anonymous Union soldier
10th Wisconsin Infantry
Location. 37° 40.092′ N, 84° 58.346′ 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. Simonson’s Battery (a few steps from this marker); “For God’s Sake, Save That Battery” The 38th Indiana at Perryville (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Artillery Duel at Loomis Heights
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By Brandon Fletcher, March 31, 2012
3. Defense of Loomis’ Heights Marker
Marker in distance (yellow arrow).
(about 500 feet away); Michigan at Perryville (about 700 feet away); Assault from the Bottom House (about 800 feet away); The 15th Kentucky Infantry (US) (about 800 feet away); Cleburne's Advance (approx. 0.2 miles away); Baptism of Fire (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, “This tattered image shows Union soldier Toliver P. Black of the 42nd Indiana Infantry Regiment, a defender of Loomis’ Heights."
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 448 times since then and 81 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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