Near Richmond in Madison County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
General Mahlon Manson
Mahlon Dickerson Manson spent his first years near Piqua, Ohio, where he was born in 1820. When Mahlon was twelve his family moved to Indiana. After studying pharmacy Manson opened a drug store in Crawfordsville. He left Indiana to serve in the Mexican War but returned to Crawfordsville and his business.
Named for a former governor of New Jersey, Manson seemed destined to enter politics. In 1851 he ran as a Democrat and won a seat in the state legislature. It was the beginning of a lifelong career. Mahlon Manson served in elected offices or held political appointments until his death in 1895.
The Civil War
In 1861 Manson helped raise the 10th Indiana Infantry. He fought with the 10th at Rich Mountain, West Virginia. As commander of the regiment at the Battle of Mill Springs, Kentucky, he earned the rank of brigadier general. His regiment took part in the siege of Corinth, Mississippi in May 1862. That summer Manson was sent to Kentucky to help defend the state against a Confederate invasion.
In Gen. William Nelson's absence, Manson commanded the Union army at Richmond. Like many of his men, Manson was captured. After he was exchanged, Manson commanded a brigade in the Knoxville and East Tennessee campaigns and led an infantry column pursuing Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan
Erected by Civil War Discovery Trail.
Location. 37° 41.067′ N, 84° 15.473′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Kentucky, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Battlefield Memorial Highway (U.S. 421) and Berea Road (U.S. 25), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Battle of Richmond Association's Visitor's Center, to the right of the main building. 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. Patrick Ronayne Cleburne (here, next to this marker); General Edmund Kirby Smith (here, next to this marker); General William "Bull" Nelson (here, next to this marker); Battle of Richmond (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Richmond Masonic Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Fight at Rogersville (within shouting The Confederates Crush The Union Left (approx. ¾ mile away); Manson's First Line (approx. ¾ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
Also see . . . Battle of Richmond Visitors Center. (Submitted on July 28, 2015.)
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