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

Melee at the Fence

Mill Springs Battlefield

 

National Historic Landmark

 
Melee at the Fence Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 12, 2019
1. Melee at the Fence Marker
Inscription.  Colonel Speed Fry, commanding the 4th Kentucky Infantry (U.S.), pulled his men back to a split-rail fence on a hill east of the road. As the Union soldiers deployed, the Confederates regrouped in the ravine. They had learned that Confederate General Felix K. Zollicoffer was dead. After this quiet interlude came the fiercest fighting of the battle—bloody and hand-to-hand. The Confederates tried desperately to push the Union soldiers off the fence and the ridge, but they refused to be moved.

The Federals Fall Back
The 15th Mississippi drove the Federals back to the main line and then advanced by lying flat and firing, wheeling on their backs and loading, rising and running forward ten steps, and again dropping and firing. They kept it up until they drove the 10th Indiana from the field.

The Confederates Give Way
The Confederates advanced with fixed bayonets on the 2nd Minnesota. The regiment responded with a horrific yell and for the next forty minutes poured volley after volley of shot at them. When the Confederates finally gave way they were so close to the Federals, with nothing but the fence between

Fence area where the subject action happened. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 12, 2019
2. Fence area where the subject action happened.
them, that some of the men of the 2nd Minnesota pulled the Confederates' guns out of their hands.

Inset for main photo: We were so close on them that one of the men had his beard and whiskers singed by the fire of one of the muskets... another caught hold of one of their muskets and jerked it through the fence the two stood and fired at each other, their muskets crossing; both fell dead.
Col. Horatio P. Van Cleve, 2nd Minnesota U.S.
Left: Colonel Speed Fry, 4th Kentucky Infantry (U.S.)

 
Erected 2014 by Mill Springs Battlefield Association.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 37° 3.397′ N, 84° 44.353′ W. Marker is in Nancy, Kentucky, in Pulaski County. Marker can be reached from Kentucky Route 235 south of Route 761, on the left when traveling south. 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. Battle on a Sabbath Morn (here, next to this marker); The General Commanding (within shouting distance of this marker); Fix Bayonets, Charge! (within shouting distance of this marker); A Scene of Battle (within shouting distance of this marker); Balie Peyton, Jr. (1833-1862)

Melee at the Fence Marker in middle on photo (right side of the two). image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 12, 2019
3. Melee at the Fence Marker in middle on photo (right side of the two).
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Felix K. Zollicoffer, "Zollie Tree" (about 300 feet away); The Zollie Tree (about 300 feet away); A Fatal Mistake (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nancy.
 
Also see . . .
1. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “The Union Line at the Fence" (Submitted on August 2, 2019.) 

2. Mill Springs Battlefield Association. (Submitted on August 2, 2019.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Marker is at the Mill Springs Battlefield Tour Stop # 2. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 12, 2019
4. Marker is at the Mill Springs Battlefield Tour Stop # 2.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 24, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 96 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 24, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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