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

Respite at Moulden's Hill

Mill Springs Battlefield

 

National Historic Landmark

 
Respite at Moulden's Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 12, 2019
1. Respite at Moulden's Hill Marker
Inscription.  The evening of January 19, 1862, Union forces pursuing the beaten Confederates halted at a small log school nearby. The Confederates had used the school as a headquarters for their pickets before the battle. Union soldiers rested here as they prepared to assault the Confederate earthworks in the morning.

Federal artillery deployed on Moulden's Hill, the high ground to your left. The cannon fired throughout the night, discharging over 300 rounds into the fortified Confederate camp at Beech Grove and the steamboat Noble Ellis, which was ferrying the Confederates across the Cumberland River.

When the Federals assaulted the earthworks at Beech Grove the next morning they found them deserted. The Confederate army had escaped across the river. Later, Union Colonel Speed Fry asked General George Thomas,"General, why didn't you send in a demand for surrender last night?" Thomas replied, "Hang it Fry, I never once thought of it."

Inset drawings:
As we approached their entrenchments the division was deployed in line of battle and steadily advancing to the summit of the hill at Moulden's. From this point I directed

Marker at the Mill Springs Battlefield Tour Stop #6. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 12, 2019
2. Marker at the Mill Springs Battlefield Tour Stop #6.
their entrenchments be cannonaded.
Gen. George H. Thomas
 
Erected 2014 by Mill Springs Battlefield Association.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 36° 57.694′ N, 84° 46.85′ W. Marker is near Nancy, Kentucky, in Pulaski County. Marker is on Mill Springs-Battlefield Road 0.3 miles south of Muskett Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Mill Springs-Battlefield Road, Nancy KY 42544, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fortifications at Beech Grove (approx. 0.6 miles away); Winter Quarters (approx. 0.6 miles away); Beech Grove / Noble Ellis (approx. 0.6 miles away); Zollie's Den (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Noble Ellis Saves an Army (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Cumberland River (approx. 2 miles away); Home, Headquarters, Hospital (approx. 2 miles away); The Battle of Mill Springs (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nancy.
 
Also see . . .
1. Stop #06: Moulden's Hill. (Submitted on July 25, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “Moulden's Hill”.
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(Submitted on August 2, 2019.) 

3. Mill Springs Battlefield Association. (Submitted on August 2, 2019.)
 
Categories. LandmarksWar, US Civil
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 25, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 25, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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