Near Richmond in Madison County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
“Rally, boys! Rally to the Colors!”
Cruft's command fired and the advancing Confederates fell back. Confederate Col. Thomas McCray quickly ordered his command to lie down behind a fence about 200 yards south of the Union position. Cruft, who incorrectly believed the Confederates were retreating, ordered a general advance.
When Cruft's line came within fifty yards of the Confederate position the Southerners rose and delivered a series of volleys that staggered the Federals. The fighting became intense all along the line west of the Old State Road. The Union brigade fought stubbornly, holding their ground. But the tide turned swiftly. Confederate Col. Benjamin J. Hill brought his brigade up on the east side of the Old State Road, turned west, and attacked Cruft's exposed eastern flank.
"[The enemy] opened on us through the fence with a volley that fairly shivered our line. I heard groans and cries of others who were wounded and some who were dying." Pvt. David G. LeSourd 12th Indiana
Erected by Civil War Discovery Trail.
Location. Click for map. Marker is located on a small service road just West of the intersection. Several other related markers are in this same area. 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. "Defeat and Destruction Seemed Inevitable" (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Richmond (a few steps from this marker); The Generals (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Richmond, Ky. (approx. 0.9 miles away); Twitty's or Little Fort (approx. 0.9 miles away); Fort Estill (approx. 0.9 miles away); Daniel Boone's Trace (approx. 0.9 miles away); Daniel Boone's Trail (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
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