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Near Prestonsburg in Floyd County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Union Assault

 
 
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By Duane Hall, August 4, 2016
1. The Union Assault Marker
Inscription. The Confederate position along the heavily wooded ridge overlooking Middle Creek was a strong one. To avoid exposing his troops to the combined fire of all the Confederate regiments, Garfield chose to assault the south end of their line rather than march his troops further up the valley and launch a conventional assault on the entire Confederate line.

Garfield’s forces consisted of approximately 1,800 Ohioans and Kentuckians. As the rebels raked his position, Garfield ordered Capt. F.A. Williams to lead three companies of the 42nd Ohio (1) across the freezing waters of Middle Creek and advance up the rocky spur opposite Graveyard Point, towards the position held by Col. J.S. Williams’s 5th Kentucky. At the same time, he sent two companies of Kentuckians (2) along the ridge extending from Graveyard Point towards the left end of Marshall’s line, anchored by dismounted cavalry companies commanded by Clay and Thomas. Captain Williams’s assault was driven back by a sudden, heavy volley from the 5th Kentucky. The Confederates then counter-attacked, but the Ohioans repulsed them with a single volley that left seven rebels dead.

Garfield then detached two more companies of the 42nd Ohio and one company of the 14th Kentucky, (3) placed them under Maj. Don A. Pardee, and ordered them to cross the creek and support Captain
The Union Assault Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 4, 2016
2. The Union Assault Marker
View to northeast from the Union Trail
Williams. Fighting “Indian fashion,” this combined force moved farther up the valley and began advancing up the spur known as “Piney Point” towards Moore’s 29th Virginia, which held the ridge on the 5th Kentucky’s left flank.
 
Location. 37° 39.077′ N, 82° 48.709′ W. Marker is near Prestonsburg, Kentucky, in Floyd County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 114 0.1 miles east of State Highway 404. Click for map. Marker is located on the Union Trail at the Middle Creek National Battlefield; the above directions are to the battlefield parking area. Marker is in this post office area: Prestonsburg KY 41653, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Union Command Post (within shouting distance of this marker); Monroe's Bayonet Charge Wins the Battle (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Desperate Fight, but Few Casualties (about 500 feet away); The Battle of Middle Creek / The Fitzpatrick Farm (about 500 feet away); The Battle of Middle Creek (about 600 feet away); Eastern Kentucky's Civil War Battles and Skirmishes, 1863-1864 (about 600 feet away); Why They Fought Here (about 600 feet away); Eastern Kentucky's Civil War Battles and Skirmishes, 1861-1862 (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Prestonsburg.
 
More about this marker.
The Union Assault Marker image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of Nyttend from Wikimedia, April 21, 2014
3. The Union Assault Marker
View to the northeast
The marker includes the National Colors of the 42nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, U.S.A. and a map of the Union assault keyed to the marker text.
 
Also see . . .  Middle Creek National Battlefield. Official website of the Middle Creek National Battlefield Foundation. (Submitted on September 7, 2016.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Union Assault Marker on the Union Trail image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 4, 2016
4. The Union Assault Marker on the Union Trail
View to southeast from the Union Trail
The 29th Virginia Infantry held the ridge in the background during the battle
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 85 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on September 7, 2016.
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