The Noble Ellis Saves an Army
Mill Springs Battleﬁeld
— National Historic Landmark —
A Night of Fear and Chaos
After the hard-fought Battle of Mill Springs on January 19, 1862, the defeated Confederates fled back to the Beech Grove encampment across the river from Mill Springs. The Confederates knew that escape depended on getting across the swollen Cumberland River. As darkness fell, Union forces stopped their pursuit. General George H. Thomas planned to make a final assault on the Confederates in the morning. Union artillery shelled the river crossing as the Noble Ellis and a few rowboats worked through the night ferrying the Confederate army to Mill Springs.
Thousands Crowded the Riverbank
W.J. Warsham, 29th Tennessee Infantry, described the chaos: "We were on the river bank in a compact mass of excited and confused humanity.
As daylight came the last Confederate soldiers disembarked in Mill Springs. Its critical mission accomplished, the Confederates burned the Noble Ellis to prevent its capture by the Union.
Erected 2014 by Mill Springs Battlefield Association.
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 36° 56.519′ N, 84° 47.178′ W. Marker is near Nancy, Kentucky, in Pulaski County. Marker is at the intersection of Sellars Road and Mill Springs-Battlefield Road, on the right when traveling east on Sellars Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Sellars Road, 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 Cumberland River (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Battle of Mill Springs (approx. 0.7 miles away); Home, Headquarters, Hospital (approx. ¾ mile away); Mill Springs and the Civil War (approx. ¾ mile away);
Also see . . .
1. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “Noble Ellis - Sternwheeler that Saved an Army” (Submitted on August 2, 2019.)
2. Mill Springs Battlefield Association. (Submitted on August 2, 2019.)
Categories. • Landmarks • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
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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 48 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 25, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.