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Perryville in Boyle County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

The Bloodbath at the Crib



ó The Battle for Kentucky October 8,1862 ó

The Bloodbath at the Crib Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bob R Bogle, October 1, 2019
1. The Bloodbath at the Crib Marker
Inscription.  When Donelsonís shattered regiments reached this position, nearly half of his men had been killed and wounded. Despite the appalling casualties, the Confederate attack continued to the west.

With the 16th Tennessee Infantry Regiment taking the lead, the stubborn Confederate advance moved past the ridge in front of you. Driving the Union defenders away from the Widow Gibson cabin, Donelsonís persistent soldiers were finally stopped by a Union brigade commanded by Colonel George P. Webster.

With his brigade in shambles from the crossfire of several Federal batteries and the obstinate Union defense, Donelsonís men held until reinforced by Wood's brigade on the left, a portion of Stewart's brigade from behind, and Maney's brigade on the left. Their losses were severe. In the four-hour battle, the 16th Tennessee Infantry suffered 46 killed, 170 wounded, and 3 missing for a total of 219. With a beginning strength of 370 men, that translated to nearly 60 percent casualties. These Tennesseans lost more men killed and wounded than any other Southern regiment in the battle.

A man was standing just in front of me while
Widow Gibson Site image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
2. Widow Gibson Site
I was reloading my gun and I happened to have my eyes on him just as a canister struck him in the breast and I saw the white flesh before it bled. He was a dead man.
-Confederate Private Robert C. Carden, 16th Tennessee Infantry.

While standing between the cabins a Miniť ball passed through my leg without breaking the bone, and the wood off a canister shot struck the opposite cabin, and glancing knocked me down, paralyzing me for a time. -Confederate Colonel John H. Savage, 16th Tennessee Infantry.

As we passed the little cabin on the hill I was severely wounded through my right side above my hip. -Confederate Private Carrol H. Clark, 16th Tennessee Infantry

We advanced through a field where grapeshot and shrapnel were rattling against the cornstalks..." -Confederate Private Davis Biggs, 38th Tennessee Infantry

Sergeant Major Thomas Benton Potter was wounded in this area. He was one of the 219 Casualties suffered by the 16th Tennessee in this battle. The 16th Tennessee suffered the second highest casualty percentage of any regiment at Perryville at 59%.
Erected by Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site. (Marker Number 10.)
Location. 37° 40.279′ N, 84° 58.376′ 
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W. Marker is in Perryville, Kentucky, in Boyle County. Marker can be reached from Park Road near Battlefield Road (Kentucky Route 1920), on the left when traveling east. Located at the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1825 Battlefield Road, Perryville KY 40468, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stewart's Attack (was about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing. ); Widow Gibson Cabin (approx. 0.2 miles away); “For Godís Sake, Save That Battery” The 38th Indiana at Perryville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Act of Mercy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sanctuary (approx. 0.2 miles away); Defense of Loomisí Heights (approx. 0.2 miles away); Simonsonís Battery (approx. ľ mile away); Starkweather's Hill (approx. ľ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Perryville.
Also see . . .  Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “Donelson Persists” (Submitted on October 25, 2019.) 
Categories. War, US Civil

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 25, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 25, 2019. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 25, 2019, by Bob R Bogle of Tucson, Arizona.   2. submitted on August 25, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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