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Near Richmond in Madison County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Battle Begins

August 30, 1862

 
 
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Photographed By Lee Hattabaugh, May 6, 2010
1. The Battle Begins Marker
Inscription.  The Battle of Richmond began in the early morning hours of August 30, 1862. Near this site Confederate cavalry pushed Union pickets north - toward the main Union line. Confederate Gen. Patrick Cleburne placed his artillery to the southeast, on a rise just north of CR 499, the Old Irvine-Lancaster Road. His target was Union Gen. Mahlon Manson's infantry, positioned near Mt. Zion Church.

The roar of Union and Confederate artillery sounded as both sides extended their lines of infantry in anticipation of an epic struggle. Gen. Manson extended his line eastward to block a Confederate attack from that direction. The Confederates sent skirmishers north, testing the Union line. Smoke drifted in the hot, humid morning air. The concussion of artillery shot and shell shook the ground as soldiers on both sides readied themselves for battle.

"The brigade was marched in column along the road a half mile beyond...[Kingston] and formed into line of battle on the right of the pike at 7 o'clock. The enemy then commenced a heavy artillery fire upon our line and also the village." Col. Benjamin J. Hill

"As we stood here under the
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trees I could notice a stillness, an unwonted stillness, among such numbers of men only broken by the thunders of Lieutenant Landrum's guns, or as the rebel shells with fiend-like scream came crashing through the trees."
Lt. Col. James R. S. cox, 16th Indiana
 
Erected by Civil War Discovery Trail.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
 
Location. 37° 39.372′ N, 84° 14.809′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Kentucky, in Madison County. Marker is at the intersection of Battlefield Memorial Highway (U.S. 421) and State Highway 499, on the left when traveling south on Battlefield Memorial Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Richmond-Prelude/ Richmond Battle (approx. half a mile away); General Thomas Churchill (approx. 0.6 miles away); In Honor and Remembrance (approx. 0.6 miles away); Battle of Richmond (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Richmond (approx. 0.6 miles away); Slavery at Pleasant View Farm (approx. 0.6 miles away); Churchill's Draw (approx. 0.6 miles away); Texas Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
The Battle Begins Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lee Hattabaugh, May 6, 2010
2. The Battle Begins Marker
The Battle Begins Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon Fletcher, March 30, 2012
3. The Battle Begins Marker
Looking toward Richmond
The Battle Begins Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon Fletcher, March 30, 2012
4. The Battle Begins Marker
Looking across US 421 from marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 7, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,207 times since then and 98 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 7, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.   3, 4. submitted on July 24, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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