Near Perryville in Boyle County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Defense of Parsons’ Ridge
— The Battle for Kentucky October 8, 1862 —
Terrill ordered the eight cannon on this ridge to fire into the Confederate ranks. As the ground shook from the cannon blasts, Confederate troops suddenly appeared at a split-rail fence at the base of the hill. Fearful that his artillery would fall into enemy hands, Terrill ordered a bayonet charge by the 123rd Illinois Infantry. It was a poor decision. Outnumbered, they were driven back with heavy casualties.
Even with reinforcements, Terrill’s inexperienced men could not withstand the persistent Confederate attackers who had now leapt the fence. Seasoned by battle, the Confederates determinedly loaded and fired, forcing the Federals from the hill and delivering a brutal initiation to the horrors of warfare.
Union soldier Bliss Morse
105th Ohio Infantry
Most of the bullets went over our heads, and sounded like a swarm of bees running away in the hot summer air overhead.
Union Major James A. Connolly
123rd Illinois Infantry
Location. 37° 40.639′ N, 84° 58.369′ W. Marker is near Perryville, Kentucky, in Boyle County. Marker can be reached from Park Road west of Battlefield Road (Kentucky Route 1920). 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. On this Spot Brig. Gen. James S. Jackson Fell (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Defense of Parsons’ Ridge (a few steps from this marker); Assault on Parsons’ Ridge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Cornfield (about 400 feet away); Turner's Battery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Union Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Maney's Attack (approx. 0.2 miles away); Army of the Ohio (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Perryville.
More about this marker. On the upper right is a photograph of “Union Brigadier General William R. Terrill”
Also see . . .
1. Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site. Kentucky Department of Parks (Submitted on August 25, 2011.)
2. Perryville. Civil War Trust (Submitted on August 25, 2011.)
3. Perryville. CWSAC Battle Summary (Submitted on August 25, 2011.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 26, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 25, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 550 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on October 26, 2019, by Bob R Bogle of Tucson, Arizona. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 25, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.