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Near Nancy in Pulaski County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

A Fatal Mistake

Mill Springs Battlefield

 

— National Historic Landmark —

 
A Fatal Mistake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 12, 2019
1. A Fatal Mistake Marker
Inscription.  Mistaken Identity
About seven o'clock the morning of January 19, 1862, Confederate General Felix Zollicoffer rode across the road to your left. Near here, in the dim light and fog, he saw a mounted officer, Union Colonel Speed Fry. Both men mistakenly assumed the other was a fellow officer.

Fry later described the event: "So thoroughly was I convinced that he was one of our men I did not hesitate to ride up to his side so closely that our knees touched.... He said to me 'We must not shoot our own men,' to which I responded, 'Of course not; I would not do so intentionally...'and pointing he said 'Those are our men.'"

The Death of General Zollicoffer
As Fry moved away, Confederate Major Henry Fogg rode into view and shouted, "General they are the enemy" He then fired at Fry but the shot missed. Fry fired at Zollicoffer as several nearby Union soldiers also fired. Zollicoffer and Fogg died in the exchange.

The Zollicoffer Monument
Zollicoffer's men later placed his body under a large white oak that stood between here and the stone wall.After the battle, Union General George Thomas ordered Zollicoffer's

Zollicoffer Park (marker is to right of stone memorial). image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 12, 2019
2. Zollicoffer Park (marker is to right of stone memorial).
body returned to Nashville. In 1910, the United Confederate Veterans erected the monument here in his honor.
 
Erected 2014 by Mill Springs Battlefield Association.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: LandmarksWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks series list.
 
Location. 37° 3.341′ N, 84° 44.362′ W. Marker is near Nancy, Kentucky, in Pulaski County. Marker is on Kentucky Route 235 south of Route 761, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nancy KY 42544, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Zollie Tree (here, next to this marker); Felix K. Zollicoffer / "Zollie Tree" (a few steps from this marker); Gen'l Felix K. Zollicoffer (a few steps from this marker); Mill Springs Battlefield (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Mass Grave Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Dawn of Battle (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Dead (within shouting distance of this marker); A Scene of Battle (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nancy.
 
Also see . . .  Mill Springs Battlefield Association. (Submitted on August 2, 2019.)
 
Marker (in foreground) in Zollicoffer Park. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 12, 2019
3. Marker (in foreground) in Zollicoffer Park.
The nearby Zollicoffer Monument. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 12, 2019
4. The nearby Zollicoffer Monument.
Marker is at the Mill Springs Battlefield Tour Stop # 2. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 12, 2019
5. Marker is at the Mill Springs Battlefield Tour Stop # 2.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 23, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 154 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 23, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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