Nancy in Pulaski County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
The Union Line at the Fence
Union soldiers choose their ground
As the Union soldiers deployed along the fence, the Confederates regrouped in the ravine. Suddenly, after this quiet interlude, came the fiercest fighting of the battle. The fight at the fence was bloody and at times hand-to-hand. The Confederates tried desperately to push the Yankees off the ridge, but the determined Union soldiers refused to be moved.
"Our boys soon drove them back to the main line and then advanced as Zouaves by lying flat and firing, wheeling on their backs and loading, rising and running forward about ten steps and again dropping and firing. This was kept up until the entire 10th Indiana regiment was driven from the field by our brave Grenada and Duck Hill boys." - James R. Binford, 15th Mississippi CS.
The enemy was
"... with a shout that would have warmed an Egyptian mummy, we rushed up to the 15th Mississippi with only a fence between us and the enemy and did the best we could with our old flintlocks. Mine went off once in the action and although I wiped the "pan" and primed a dozen times it would do so no more. I had just taken aim and pulled the trigger and was waiting for the hammer to descend, when I felt a "new sensation" across the small of my back; it was like the cut of a knife, and I knew I had been shot ..." - James L. Cooper, 20th Tennessee CS.
"I moved the regiment through the brush and over logs to the place designated, and coming to a fence parallel with my line we hotly engaged the enemy before us and put him to flight with great loss." - W.C. Kise, 10th Indiana US.
Our entire line, putting their guns through the cracks of the fence fired into them with ball and buckshot, and the scene that followed beggared description. The screams and groans, officers cursing
We were so close on them that one of the men had his beard and whiskers singed by the fire of one of the muskets; ... another caught hold of one of their muskets and jerked it through the fence. The two stood and fired at each other, their muskets crossing; both fell dead."
A painting on the right is "Melee at the Fence" by Jim Hoffman, 1993. A battle map at the lower left titled "Battle of Fishing Creek, Kentucky, January 19, 1862" shows this location.
Erected by Mill Springs Battlefield Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is January 19, 1993.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 37° 3.398′ N, 84° 44.396′ W. Marker was in Nancy, Kentucky, in Pulaski County. Marker could be reached from State Road 235, 0.1 miles south of State Road 761, on the left when traveling south. This is Station #5 on the Battlefield Loop Trail at Tour Stop 2 - Zollicoffer Park. Refer to trail map photo (Union Line at Fence). Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Nancy KY 42544, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. Fix Bayonets, Charge! (within shouting distance of this marker); The General Commanding (within shouting distance of this marker); Melee at the Fence (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle on a Sabbath Morn (within shouting distance of this marker); A Scene of Battle (within shouting distance of this marker); The Zollie Tree (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Felix K. Zollicoffer / "Zollie Tree" (about 400 feet away); A Fatal Mistake (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nancy.
More about this marker. This marker was replaced by a new one named Melee at the Fence (see nearby markers).
Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 5, 2013, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This page has been viewed 506 times since then and 78 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on February 5, 2013, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. 2, 3. submitted on September 16, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. 4. submitted on February 5, 2013, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. 5, 6. submitted on September 16, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. 7. submitted on February 5, 2013, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. 8. submitted on September 16, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. 9. submitted on February 5, 2013, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. 10. submitted on September 16, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.