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Perryville in Boyle County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

Stewart's Advance



—The Battle for Kentucky October 8, 1862 —

Stewart's Advance Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
1. Stewart's Advance Marker
Inscription. The battle opened with great fury. To your left, Donelson's brigade hurled themselves against the Union lines, but their attack momentarily stalled. In the fields to your right, Maney's Confederate brigade also assaulted the Federal position.

To support these troops, Brigadier General A. P. Stewart's brigade entered the battle. Placing his five regiments into one long line, Stewart's men advanced behind the other attacking Confederate troops.

Stewart's regiments immediately came under heavy Federal fire. At one point in the combat, his Confederates grew panicked when they reached a split-rail fence. Instead of climbing over the fence or taking down the rails, dozens of his men tried to squeeze through a small opening. Scores were shot down as the troops attempted to force their way through the gate. Man-made structures on the battlefield could be deadly obstacles.

Despite the severity of the fire, Stewart's brigade continued to move forward.

They entered the fight in admirable order & pressed forward under a galling fire, with a coolness & yet impetuosity that could not be surpassed. They drove the enemy before them for a considerable distance until they reached the crest of the ridge.
Confederate Brigadier General A. P. Stewart
Stewart's Advance Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
2. Stewart's Advance Marker
37° 40.615′ N, 84° 58.116′ W. Marker is in Perryville, Kentucky, in Boyle County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Park Road and Battlefield Road (Kentucky Route 1920). Touch for map. Located in Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1825 Battlefield Road, Perryville KY 40468, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Maney's Attack (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Turner's Battery (about 700 feet away); Donelson's Attack (about 700 feet away); Sgt. Harris B. Cope Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Assault on Parsons’ Ridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Army of the Ohio (approx. 0.2 miles away); Union Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Soldiers' Reaction to Lincoln's Emancipation (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Perryville.
More about this marker. On the upper right is a photograph of Confederate Brigadier General A. P. Stewart. From Generals in Gray
Also see . . .
1. Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site. Kentucky Department of Parks (Submitted on August 23, 2011.) 

2. Perryville. Civil War Trust (Submitted on August 23, 2011.) 

3. Perryville. CWSAC Battle Summary (Submitted on August 23, 2011.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 23, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 521 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 23, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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