Battle on a Sabbath Morn
Mill Springs Battleﬁeld
— National Historic Landmark —
The Union line stood to your left, behind a split-rail fence at the edge of the woods (now part of the field). The Confederate line was to your right, in the wooded ravine. The rain was falling in torrents. The Confederates struggled out of the mud-slicked ravine to launch repeated assaults against the Federals.
The fight at the split-rail fence was desperate and often hand- to-hand. Lieutenant James Binford, 15th Mississippi Infantry, remembered, "Our entire line, putting their guns through the cracks of the fence, fired into them with ball and buckshot, and the scene that followed defied description."
The 15th Mississippi fell back, and the 20th Tennessee, armed only with old flintlock muskets, surged forward. One Tennesseean wrote, " Mine went off once in the action, and although I wiped the pan and primed a dozen times it would do so no more."
The Confederate assaults failed. Each time, the Federals drove them back. The cost in lives was tremendous.
There were delicate forms whose beardleśs faces showed tender years. Some had the horrible frowns of war still upon' their features, others lay in calm repose as if they were dreaming of loved ones at home.
Eastham Tarrant, 1st Kentucky Cavalry, (U.S.)
Erected 2014 by Mill Springs Battlefield Association.
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 37° 3.398′ N, 84° 44.351′ W. Marker is near 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. Melee at the Fence (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) (within shouting distance of this marker); Felix K. Zollicoffer, "Zollie Tree" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Zollie Tree (about 300 feet away); A Fatal Mistake (about 400 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 also titled “Battle on a Sabbath Morn". (Submitted on August 2, 2019.)
2. Mill Springs Battlefield Association. (Submitted on August 2, 2019.)
Categories. • Landmarks • War, US Civil •
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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 56 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 24, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.