Near Nancy in Wayne County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Union Artillery Position
—Battle of Mill Springs —
The Federal forces pursuing the beaten Confederates halted here near a small log school. This school building had been used by the Confederates as a headquarters for their pickets during their occupation of the area. The Federals now rested here and prepared to assault the Confederate earthworks in the morning.
During the evening of January 19th Federal artillery was deployed on the high ground around this area (known as Moulden's Hill). The batteries firing throughout the night discharged over 300 rounds into the Confederate fortified camp and at the small steam boat the southerners were using as a ferry.
The next morning when the Federals assaulted the earthworks they found the camp deserted. The Confederate army had escaped across the river during the night. Later Colonel Speed Fry of the 4th KY Infantry U.S. inquired to George Thomas why he did not attack the Confederate position the night of the 19th. General Thomas replied, "Hang it Fry, I never once thought of it."
To the right is a drawing (below) of Union artillery being prepared for firing.
Erected 1997 by Mill Springs Battlefield Association & Kentucky Humanities Council.
Location. 36° 57.682′ Touch for map. Marker and Tour Stop sign are at a shaded parking pulloff just inside a forested area. Marker is in this post office area: Nancy KY 42544, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fortifications at Beech Grove (approx. 0.6 miles away); Winter Quarters (approx. 0.6 miles away); Zollie's Den (approx. 0.6 miles away); Noble Ellis - Sternwheeler that Saved an Army (approx. 1.4 miles away); Mill Springs (approx. 2 miles away); Timmy's Branch (approx. 5.6 miles away); "Poor Charlie" (approx. 6.4 miles away); Confederate Field Hospital (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nancy.
More about this marker. This is Tour Stop 6 of the Mill Springs Battlefield Driving Tour.
Additional keywords. Zollicoffer
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 24, 2012, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This page has been viewed 374 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 24, 2012, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.