Perryville in Boyle County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Michigan at Perryville
Among the 61,000 Union soldiers who at the Battle of Perryville ended Confederate attempts to gain control of Kentucky were six Michigan units. The most heavily engaged of these were Coldwater’s Loomis Battery (Battery A of the First Michigan Light Artillery), the Second Michigan Cavalry and the Twenty-First Michigan Infantry. During the course of the battle, Battery A, equipped with six ten-pounder Parrott guns prevented the right flank of General Daniel McCook’s corps from being turned and aided in the repulse of General Patrick Cleburne’s Rebel brigade. At one point, Loomis was ordered to spike his guns and leave them. By refusing, he retained a key position. Battery A is reported to have fired the first and the last artillery rounds of the battle.
The units from Michigan that fought in the Battle of Perryville were:
The Thirteenth Michigan Infantry, mustered at Kalamazoo and commanded by Lieut. Col. Frederick W. Worden; The Twenty-First Michigan Infantry, mustered at lonia and commanded by Col. Ambrose A. Stevens; The Second Michigan Cavalry, mustered at Grand Rapids and commanded by Lieut. Col. Archibald P. Campbell; Battery A, First Michigan Light Artillery, mustered at Coldwater and commanded by Cpt. Cyrus O. Loomis; Battery D, First Michigan Light Artillery,
Registered State Site No. 555
Property of the State of Michigan, 1983
Erected 1983 by Michigan History Division, Department of State and Michigan at Perryville Society. (Marker Number S555C.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 37° 39.974′ N, 84° 58.317′ W. Marker is in Perryville, Kentucky, in Boyle County. Marker is on Hays Mays Road 0.6 miles east of Whites Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Perryville KY 40468, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Assault from the Bottom House (within shouting distance of this marker); The 15th Kentucky Infantry (US) (within shouting distance of this marker); Artillery Duel at Loomis Heights (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The H. P. Bottom House (about 500 feet Baptism of Fire (about 500 feet away); Simonson’s Battery (about 700 feet away); Defense of Loomis’ Heights (about 700 feet away); Bottom House (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Perryville.
Also see . . .
1. Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site. Kentucky Department of Parks (Submitted on August 21, 2011.)
2. Perryville. Civil War Trust (Submitted on August 21, 2011.)
3. Perryville. CWSAC Battle Summary (Submitted on August 21, 2011.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 21, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 769 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 21, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.