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

The Cornfield

Perryville

 

—The Battle for Kentucky October 8, 1862 —

 
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By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
1. The Cornfield Marker
Inscription. During the Battle of Perryville, a field of ten-foot high cornstalks, brown and dry from a severe drought, covered this valley. Obscured among the corn, 800 members of the 21st Wisconsin Infantry Regiment waited. In the army for less than a month, many of these new recruits had never before fired their rifles.

It must have been a terrifying experience. For more than an hour they listened as Terrill’s brigade battled Maney’s soldiers for control of the hill above the field. Then, as the roar of battle crested the ridge, Terrill’s panicked, retreating soldiers burst through the corn. While many found the courage to hold their ground, some of the Wisconsin soldiers blended with Terrill’s brigade and fled.

As the Confederates advanced, Union troops positioned on the hill in front of you fired indiscriminately into the field. Victimized by bullets from both armies, the Wisconsans fired only once before retreating. During the brief, chaotic struggle, most of the officers from the 21st Wisconsin were killed or wounded.

With the Union soldiers driven from the cornfield, Maney’s brigade continued their attack toward Starkweather’s Hill.

After the belt of woods was passed, we entered a cornfield, the enemy followed sharply and their bullets cut stalk and leaf and rattled the kernels from the drooping
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By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
2. The Cornfield Marker
ears beside us, every now and then claiming a victim.

Union soldier Albion Tourgee
105th Ohio infantry
 
Location. 37° 40.579′ N, 84° 58.419′ W. Marker is in Perryville, Kentucky, in Boyle County. Marker can be reached from Park Road west of 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. On this Spot Brig. Gen. James S. Jackson Fell (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Defense of Parsons’ Ridge (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Defense of Parsons’ Ridge (about 400 feet away); Assault on Parsons’ Ridge (about 700 feet away); Starkweather's Hill (about 800 feet away); a different marker also named Starkweather’s Hill (about 800 feet away); Union Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Battle of Perryville (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 with the caption, “Christian Weinman, of the 21st Wisconsin Regiment died of wounds received in the cornfield.” Courtesy of Family of Christian
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By Brandon Fletcher, March 31, 2012
3. The Cornfield Marker
Marker in far distance (yellow arrow).
Weinman


On the lower right is an illustration with the caption, “This illustration made soon after the war shows the 21st Wisconsin regiment holding its position. The Confederates advance in two battlelines amid exploding shells.” Library of Congress
 
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
 
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By Brandon Fletcher, March 31, 2012
4. The Cornfield Marker
Marker in distance (yellow arrow). Parson's Ridge at right.
 
 
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 631 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 25, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on September 14, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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