Near Richmond in Madison County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Manson's First Line
Manson was ordered not to risk a general engagement unless he was sure of success. This was sage advice since Manson's brigade was green. The 55th Indiana was the veteran of the group, having been mustered in June 16, just over two months earlier. the other three regiments were all mustered in late August 1862. Even the artillery was improvised; guns and officers were scraped together for Manson's command. While Manson had managed to get his brigade into a textbook
Civil War battles often played out in the manner prescribed by field manuals for maneuvering and fighting soldiers, such as Rifle and Light Infantry Tactics: For The Exercise And Maneuvers Of Troops When Acting As Light Infantry Or Riflemen, by Brevet Lieut. Col. W.J. Hardee, more commonly referred to as Hardee's Tactics. All of the officers who were trained at West Point were well versed in these rules, as were many of the amateurs who served in the militia. Soldiers generally arrived at a battlefield in a column, that is, a line of four men across. In order to fight the battle the man were then deployed in line of battle. Imagine a vertical line becoming horizontal, in a maneuver carried out in a rigidly prescribed way with thousands of men.
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Location. 37° 40.508′ N, 84° 15.075′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Kentucky, in Madison County. Touch for map. Marker is located on the Bluegrass Army Depot. This is a restricted-access area and not open to the general public. 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. The Confederates Crush The Union Left Civil War Field Hospital (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mt. Zion Church - Field Hospital (approx. 0.2 miles away); Michigan Light Artillery Regiment / Batteries F and G (approx. 0.2 miles away); Union Artillery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Manson's Mistake (approx. 0.6 miles away); A Reckless And Useless Charge (approx. 0.6 miles away); A Near Fatal Mistake (approx. 0.6 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 602 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 7, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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