Perryville in Boyle County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
—The Battle for Kentucky October 8, 1862 —
The Southerners drove the Union troops off of the ridge, and Turner moved his guns to that position to support the continued Confederate advance. More Confederate artillery commanded by Captain William Carnes then deployed on the hills far to your right, where they also shelled the Union lines.
Confederate artillery played a crucial role at Perryville by successfully supporting advancing infantry brigades.
Lieutenant Colonel John Patterson was a respected officer in Maney’s 1st Tennessee Infantry Regiment. During the Battle of Perryville, Patterson temporarily commanded this unit. Patterson’s men were held in reserve as the Confederates attacked, passed the split rail fence, and captured seven Union cannon on the hill in front of you. Continuing the advance against another ridge 400 yards west of here, one soldier wrote, “Our Lieutenant-Colonel Patterson halloed to charge and take [the Union] guns, and we were soon in a hand-to-hand fight…”
Patterson was killed while leading the attack against this second
After the fight, two of the Union cannon captured from the hill in front of you were given to Turner’s Battery. They were engraved with the names of soldiers who had acted bravely in the battle. The first was inscribed with the name of A. T. Mitchell, a color-bearer slain at Perryville. The second was engraved with the name of Lieutenant Colonel Patterson.
Later in the war, at the Battle of Missionary Ridge in Tennessee, the Union army recaptured these two guns.
“I immediately opened an enfilading fire on them, at the distance of 250 or 300 yards, with canister, and continued it with shell and spherical case as the enemy retired.”
Lieutenant William B. Turner
Erected by PNC Bank. (Marker Number 5b.)
Location. 37° 40.711′ N, 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 (here, next to this marker); Assault on Parsons’ Ridge (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stewart's Advance (about 700 feet away); Defense of Parsons’ Ridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Defense of Parsons’ Ridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); On this Spot Brig. Gen. James S. Jackson Fell (approx. ¼ mile away); Army of the Ohio (approx. ¼ mile away); Union Monument (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Perryville.
More about this marker. In the center is an image of “Lt. Colonel John Patterson 1st Tennessee Infantry, CSA Killed in Action”
Also see . . .
1. Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site. Kentucky Department of Parks (Submitted on August 25, 2011.)
2. Perryville. Civil War Trust (Submitted on August 25, 2011.)
3. Perryville. CWSAC Battle Summary (Submitted on August 25, 2011.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 25, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 559 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 25, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 3. submitted on September 14, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.