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

Starkweather’s Hill

Perryville

 

—The Battle for Kentucky October 8, 1862 —

 
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By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
1. Starkweather’s Hill Marker
Inscription. Their faces and hands begrimed from the smoke of battle, and their ears ringing with the constant ripping of musketry, Starkweather’s shattered brigade retreated to the ridge in front of you. They had saved several cannon, pushing them back to a new position. Most of the Union infantry took cover behind a stone wall that ran across part of the hill. Perryville’s rolling terrain allowed the Federals to establish another defensive position on high ground.

Maney’s Confederates regrouped and rushed through the valley. They fought desperately at the stone wall, assaulting the Union troops again and again. Finally, a Union counterattack forced Maney’s exhausted brigade, now low on ammunition, to retreat back to this hill.

Both sides refused to renew the struggle. Maney’s brigade fell back to Parsons’ Ridge, and Starkweather’s troops retreated to the west.

While Maney’s attack helped the Confederates secure a tactical victory at Perryville, Starkweather’s stand saved the Union army. Bloodied in victory, some Confederate units lost more than half their command. The Southern army soon marched out of Kentucky. Never again was there a concerted effort to hold the Commonwealth for the Confederacy.

...the ground around was slippery with blood, many a poor dark looking powder begrimed Artillery man was
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By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
2. Starkweather’s Hill Marker
laying stretched out upon the ground around us, torn and mutilated, their countenance plainly indicating the awful manner of their death.

Union Captain Robert B. Taylor
 
Location. 37° 40.49′ N, 84° 58.532′ W. Marker is in Perryville, Kentucky, in Boyle County. Marker can be reached from Whites Road west of Battlefield Road (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. A different marker also named Starkweather's Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Act of Mercy (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Cornfield (about 800 feet away); On this Spot Brig. Gen. James S. Jackson Fell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sanctuary (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stewart's Attack (approx. 0.2 miles away); Defense of Parsons’ Ridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Defense of Parsons’ Ridge (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, “The 4th Indiana Light Artillery under the command of Union Captain Asahel K. Bush,
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By Brandon Fletcher, March 31, 2012
3. Starkweather’s Hill Marker
lost 13 mean and 35 horses while defending Starkweather’s Hill. Courtesy of Craig Dunn Enterprises, Inc.
 
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 615 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 25, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3. submitted on September 15, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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