Richmond in Madison County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
The standard tactic employed in a Civil War battle was to turn your opponent's flank, that is, to bring your line of infantry into position perpendicular to the enemy's, giving the flanking soldiers an advantage in firepower. Gen. Mahlon Manson, deployed his brigade in textbook fashion, placing his men in line of battle with his four infantry regiments separated by artillery.
Confederate Gen. Patrick Cleburne positioned most of his infantry east of the Old State road (US 421), his line extending on the east to a stand of woods. Manson, who could not see the entire Confederate line, moved his men forward to determine just where Cleburne's line ended. This action led to an exchange of fire and continuous shifting of troops by both sides. Manson, believing that the Confederates would try to turn his flank, sent his reserve, the 71st Indiana, and seven of the ten companies of the 69th Indiana, to the east to lengthen and strengthen his line. Unfortunately, Manson seriously misjudged the Confederates.
Cleburne skillfully allowed the drama to play out, continuing the engagement at the eastern end of Manson's line. In the
Manson met Churchill's threat by ordering the 95th Ohio to make a bayonet charge. Manson's mistake, and subsequent orders, brought the Battle of Richmond to a critical juncture.
Location. 37° 40.016′ N, 84° 15.006′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Kentucky, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Battlefield Memorial Highway (U.S. 421) and Hays Fork Lane, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Battlefield Memorial Hwy, Richmond KY 40475, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Near Fatal Mistake (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "The Loud Mouthed Dogs of War Were Unleashed" (about 400 feet away); Sharpshooters Check The Union Right (about 600 feet away); A Reckless And Useless Charge Barnett Burial Ground (about 600 feet away); The Union Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saving the Richmond Battlefield (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Good, Common-Sense Soldiering" (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
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