Ivel in Floyd County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
The Battle of Ivy Mountain
Here, on Nov. 8, 1861, 300 men from Companies A & C, 5th Kentucky Infantry, C.S.A. and Companies B, C, & D, 1st Battalion Kentucky Mounted Rifles, C.S.A., commanded by Captain Andrew J. May, fought a delaying action against four Federal regiments; the 2nd Ohio Infantry, the 21st Ohio Infantry, the 59th Ohio Infantry, the 16th Kentucky Infantry, and a section of Battery D, 1st Ohio Light Artillery, commanded by General William “Bull” Nelson.
Mustered into service just two weeks earlier and armed only with shotguns and squirrel rifles, May’s Confederate mountaineers were outnumbered eight to one. Nevertheless, they detained Nelson’s progress long enough to allow Colonel John S. Williams to vacate Piketon (Pikeville) and move the main body of Confederate troops to Pound Gap. Union losses were eight killed and twenty-four wounded. Confederate losses were ten killed and fifteen wounded.
Location. 37° 35.592′ N, 82° 39.825′ W. Marker is in Ivel, Kentucky, in Floyd County. Marker is at the Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ivel KY 41642, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Struggle for the Big Sandy Valley (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Ivy Mountain (here, next to this marker); Floyd County Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.9 miles away); Greenville R. Davidson (approx. 7.9 miles away); County Named, 1799 (approx. 7.9 miles away); Prestonsburg Toll Bridge / Chesapeake & Ohio Railway System (approx. 8 miles away); John Graham (approx. 8 miles away); The Burns House / A Brief History of the Garfield Place (approx. 8.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ivel.
Also see . . . Big Sandy Expedition - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on August 29, 2015.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 29, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 341 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 29, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.