Ivel in Floyd County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Struggle for the Big Sandy Valley
This pre-Confederate activity caused genuine concern at the newly established Union headquarters in Louisville. Colonel John Williamsí plan may have been to use Prestonsburg as a staging point for a Confederate advance into Central Kentucky. By mid-October, he was in command of all the Confederate troops in the region and was drilling 1,000 soldiers at his camp north of Prestonsburg. However, the regionís roads were so poor that it was impossible for the Confederate government to provide him with arms and ammunition.
This, coupled with a lack of support from Confederate forces based in Southwestern Virginia, made any attempt to launch an offensive from Prestonsburg virtually impossible.
Following the engagement at Ivy Mountain, Williams retreated southward from Pikeville and established a
Marshall reached Pound Gap on November 28th, and, after issuing rifles and uniforms to Williamsí command, began advancing into Eastern Kentucky. By December 22nd his Virginia regiments and several companies of the 5th Kentucky were camped three miles south of Paintsville on the farm of Daniel Hager. While Marshallís army was moving down the Big Sandy, a large Federal force under Colonel James A. Garfield was moving up the valley. The first skirmish between the two armies occurred at Tomís Creek, two miles below Paintsville, on January 4, 1862. Thus the stage was set for the decisive Battle of Middle Creek, which occurred six days later.
Location. 37° 35.592′ N, 82° 39.824′ W. Marker is in Ivel, Kentucky Touch for map. Marker is at a pullout on the southwest side of US 23 across from its intersection with CR 1032. Marker is in this post office area: Ivel KY 41642, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Battle of Ivy Mountain (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.
More about this marker. At the right bottom, the marker includes portraits of Colonel James A. Garfield who would be elected twentieth President of the United States in 1881, and General Humphrey Marshall.
Also see . . . Big Sandy Expedition - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on August 29, 2015.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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 240 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 29, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.