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Near Nancy in Pulaski County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Confederate Artillery

Rutledge's Tennessee Light Artillery Battery

 
 
Confederate Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Graff, April 26, 2012
1. Confederate Artillery Marker
Inscription.  Captain Arthur M. Rutledge's Tennessee Light Artillery Battery was organized in Davidson County, Tennessee. Rutledge was a West Point graduate who went on to become the Chief of Ordnance in Polk's Army of Mississippi. Rutledge's Tennessee Light Artillery Battery had six guns -- four six-pounders and two howitzers. Rutledge's command was originally slated to move into Virginia as a part of the Cheat Mountain campaign but in September 1861, it received new orders to join General Felix Zollicoffer at Cumberland Ford.

Rutledge's Battery fought at the Battle of Mill Springs on January 19, 1862 with Rutledge himself serving as Artillery Staff Officer. A battery of two of Rutledge's guns was ordered to a position on the Mill Springs Road in support of the 15th Mississippi Regiment, but its fire was of little effect. While returning from this forward position, Captain Rutledge's horse was shot from under him. Following the battle, the Confederates removed all but one of his guns back to Beech Grove. From the protection of the Confederate works, his men answered the Union artillery bombardment. The Federal artillery was desperately trying to
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sink the steamboat "Noble Ellis" as it ferried Confederate soldiers across the Cumberland River. When the southern soldiers retired across the Cumberland River, all of the Confederate artillery, including Rutledge's Battery, was left behind at Beech Grove. Union soldiers moved the captured Confederate artillery from Beech Grove to Somerset. Ironically, the artillery was burned six months later by Confederate John Hunt Morgan during his first raid into Kentucky.

Rutledge's Artillery would only operate as an independent unit through the Battle of Shiloh. After the 1862 battle it was consolidated with McClung's Battery.
 
Erected by Mill Springs Battlefield Association.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1810.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 37° 3.225′ N, 84° 44.308′ W. Marker was near Nancy, Kentucky, in Pulaski County. Marker could be reached from Kentucky Route 235, 0.1 miles south of Kentucky Route 761, on the left when traveling south. This is Station 11 on the Battlefield Loop Trail at Tour Stop 2 - Zollicoffer Park. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Nancy KY 42544, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location
Confederate Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Graff, April 26, 2012
2. Confederate Artillery Marker
A single cannon represents the pair of Rutledge's guns aimed north beside the Mill Springs Road (KY-235)
. The Union Advance (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Retreat (about 400 feet away); Rutledge's Battery (about 400 feet away); The Last Stand (about 400 feet away); Victory! (about 500 feet away); "Confederate Mass Grave" (about 600 feet away); Confederate Dead (about 600 feet away); Dawn of Battle (about 600 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 Rutledge's Battery (see nearby markers).
 
Confederate Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Graff, April 26, 2012
3. Confederate Artillery Marker
Looking south toward the marker and artillery piece at the end of the rail fences.
Battlefield Loop Trail Map image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Graff, April 26, 2012
4. Battlefield Loop Trail Map
This is Marker 11 - Rutledge Artillery.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 8, 2013, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This page has been viewed 560 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 8, 2013, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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Feb. 26, 2024