Nancy in Pulaski County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
The Battle - Confederate Retreat
During the battle a small one room log cabin stood here (the foundation stones are still visible). Retreating Federal pickets made a brief but desperate stand in and around this cabin at the beginning of the battle. This action slowed the Confederate advance giving the Federal army time to rush troops forward to meet the advancing Confederates.
As soon as the Federal pickets were pushed back Confederate surgeons occupied the cabin and set up a field hospital. This hospital operated throughout the battle treating wounded soldiers. some came here on their own and others were carried here by friends. One of the last to be brought here was Charlie Clemenson of the 19th Tennessee. He was left at the hospital by his friends as the defeated Confederate army was retreating past this site. W.J. Worsham was one of the men who brought Charlie here and describes the scene. "Pink Henderson, Clabe Perry and the writer carried Charlie from the field in a blanket....Poor Charlie was dying as when we laid him down. We can never forget the sad anxious expression of his face as we left him in
The Federals captured the hospital along with most of the Confederate wounded and the Confederate surgeons (including Zollicoffer's personal surgeon), who would not retreat with the army and leave the wounded behind. Several of these wounded including Charlie Clemenson would die here. They were buried in unmarked graves in a small cemetery next to the cabin (the cemetery is in the open field in front of the barn). Through the years all the headstones in the cemetery have been destroyed. The hospital cabin itself with blood stained floors stood until the 1940's when it was torn down.
Erected 1997 by Human Health Care Plans.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 37° 2.772′ N, 84° 44.11′ W. Marker was in Nancy, Kentucky, in Pulaski County. Marker could be reached from Kentucky Route 235 south of McGlothin Road, on the right when traveling south. 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. A different marker also named "Poor Charlie" Confederate Field Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); Turpin/Simpson Properties (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rutledge's Battery (approx. half a mile away); The Last Stand (approx. half a mile away); Confederate Retreat (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Union Advance (approx. 0.6 miles away); Victory! (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nancy.
More about this marker. This marker was replaced by a new one also named "Poor Charlie" (see nearby markers).
Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 25, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 197 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 25, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.