Near Richmond in Madison County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Fight at Rogersville
August 29, 1862
Gen. Mahlon Manson was south of Richmond when he received word that Confederate cavalry was to his south. Manson marched his brigade forward, placing his artillery on a rise and deployed his infantry on both sides of the Old State Road.
Confederate Col. John Scott was about one-half mile north of here when he realized that there was a large Union force to his north. He quickly deployed his cavalry on the east side of the Old State Road.
Lt. Edwin O. Lanphere's 1st Michigan Light Artillery fired on the Confederate cavalry. The Confederates responded with small arms fire and their two six-pounder howitzers but with little effect.
Scott, unable to silence the Federal artillery and no doubt realizing that his 850 troopers faced a much larger infantry force, withdrew. Company E of the 55th Indiana pursued, capturing one howitzer and several prisoners.
Manson and his Indiana infantrymen slept that night with an easy victory under their belts; a victory that may have mistakenly led them to believe that they could easily defeat the Confederates in their front.
"I here deployed one company of my command...and sent them down the road toward Rogersville as skirmishers. They found the
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Location. 37° 41.079′ N, 84° 15.505′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Kentucky, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Battlefield Memorial Highway (U.S. 421) and Berea Road (U.S. 25), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Battle of Richmond Visitor's Center. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond KY 40475, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Richmond Masonic Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Richmond (within shouting distance of this marker); Patrick Ronayne Cleburne (within shouting distance of this marker); General Mahlon Manson (within shouting distance of this marker); General Edmund Kirby Smith (within shouting distance of this marker); General William "Bull" Nelson The Confederates Crush The Union Left (approx. ¾ mile away); Manson's First Line (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
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