Near Richmond in Madison County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
The Battle Begins
August 30, 1862
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 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
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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.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Richmond-Prelude/ Richmond Battle (approx. half a mile 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); Texas Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); General Thomas Churchill (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Union Trail (approx. 0.7 miles away); "Good, Common-Sense Soldiering" (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 7, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 794 times since then and 24 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.