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

The Valley of Death

Perryville

 

ó The Battle for Kentucky October 8, 1862 ó

 
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By Bob R Bogle
1. The Valley of Death
(Marker formerly known as "Donelson's Advance.")
Inscription.  When Donelsonís brigade moved into this valley, they were met with a deadly surprise. The rolling terrain had prevented the Confederates from seeing all of the Union troop positions. When the Confederates reached this valley, they became trapped in a deadly crossfire as Union artillery fired at them from both the west and the north.

Shells exploded overhead and cannonballs crashed into the Southern lines, but the brigade surged forward. Casualties were horrible from the crossfire, and the accurate fire from the two Union batteries spun the Southern troops into confusion. Donelsonís lines wavered and changed direction twice. The unexpected artillery barrage nearly ended Donelsonís advance.

Although the fire from two Union artillery batteries had killed and wounded dozens of soldiers and had caused chaos in the Southern lines, the Confederates reformed and continued their attack. Pressing the Union soldiers, Donelsonís brigade drove a Union infantry regiment out from behind a fence and continued westward up the valley.

I was riding in front expecting a surprise, the left oft regiment was at the edge of the forest
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and the field, when the battery, about one hundred and fifty yards from the regiment, fired, enfilading it, sweeping the whole length of the line, killing a captain, a lieutenant and many privates. I was riding in front of the regiment; a grape shot passed through the head of my horse below the eyes.


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Confederate Colonel John Huston Savage (shown in his Mexican War Uniform) commanded the 16th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry under General Daniel Donelson.
 
Erected by Perryville State Historic Site. (Marker Number 11.)
 
Location. 37° 40.395′ N, 84° 58.145′ W. Marker is near Perryville, Kentucky, in Boyle County. Marker can be reached from Park Road west of Battlefield Road (Kentucky Route 1920), on the right when traveling south. Located in 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. Introduction (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lumsden's Battery (about 600 feet away); Soldiers' Reaction to Lincoln's Emancipation (about 700 feet away); Perryvile and the Emancipation Proclamation (about 700 feet away);
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Confederate Cemetery (about 700 feet away); Squire Henry P. Bottom (about 700 feet away); Perryville Confederate Memorial (about 700 feet away); Perryville Battlefield (about 800 feet 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's Advance” (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, by Bob R Bogle of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 47 times since then and 8 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on October 25, 2019, by Bob R Bogle of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
 
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