Near Richmond in Madison County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Michigan Light Artillery Regiment / Batteries F and G
Michigan Light Artillery Regiment
During the Civil War more than three thousand men served in Michigan's First Regiment of Artillery. The twelve batteries saw action in both major theaters. Unlike in infantry regiments, the six-gun artillery batteries served as detached units. Light artillery was mobile. Six-horse limbers pulled ammunition caissons and guns that delivered devastating fire using solid shot, explosive shell, case or canister. On May 28, 1861, the Coldwater Light Artillery, Michigan's first unit, mustered in; its last battery formed in 1864. In late August 1862 the six-gun battery G, under Lieutenants Lanphere, Hale, Paddock and Brown, fought against superior Confederate numbers in their first battle, here at Richmond.
Batteries F and G
Batteries F and G of Michigan's First Light Artillery went into action here on August 29, 1862. They were the only Union artillery on the field of battle. Despite inadequate training and ammunition, they provided accurate fire that helped drive back the Confederates "with admirable effect." Early on August 30 the batteries defended the initial Union battle line. During successive Union withdrawals, the guns served as rallying points or as the rear guard. Seven of the eight guns were brought off
Erected 2012 by Michigan Historical Commission - Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number S273.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 37° 40.37′ N, 84° 15.205′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Kentucky, in Madison County. Marker is on Battlefield Memorial Highway (U.S. 421) 0.1 miles south of General Nelson Drive, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located adjacent to the Mt. Zion Christian Church, Station #5 on the Battle of Richmond Driving Tour. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond KY 40475, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Union Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Mt. Zion Church - Field Hospital (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Civil War Field Hospital (about 300 feet away); The Confederates Crush The Union Left Manson's First Line (approx. 0.2 miles away); Manson's Mistake (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Reckless And Useless Charge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Barnett Burial Ground (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
Also see . . . Battle of Richmond Kentucky. Official website of the Battle of Richmond Association. (Submitted on July 21, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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