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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. As Union Colonel John Starkweather stood on this hill, watching Terrill’s brigade retreat, he realized the importance of his position. With its twelve cannon, Starkweather’s brigade stood as the only Federal defense between the attacking Confederates and the Union wagons that carried ammunition and medical supplies. As the survivors of Terrill’s brigade and the 21st Wisconsin fled past their position, Starkweather’s men held firm and awaited the Confederate attack.

Although nearing exhaustion, Maney’s brigade found the strength to attack up another steep slope. They killed and wounded most of the Federal artillerymen and captured the enemy cannon before, in the confusion of battle, they mistakenly fell back in retreat.

Regrouping at the road, the Confederates charged two more times. Amidst hand-to-hand fighting atop this hill, the ground became slippery with blood. Finally, Maney’s brigade, with Stewart’s Confederates attacking across the field to your right, drove Starkweather’s soldiers off the ridge.

Falling back, the Federals again formed on the hill behind you.

...we were soon in a hand-to-hand fight—every man for himself—using the butts of our guns and bayonets... Such obstinate fighting I never had seen before or since. The guns were discharged so rapidly that it seemed
Starkweather's Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
2. Starkweather's Hill Marker
the earth itself was in a volcanic uproar. The iron storm passed through our ranks, mangling and tearing men to pieces.

Confederate Private Sam Watkins
1st Tennessee Infantry
 
Location. 37° 40.47′ N, 84° 58.496′ W. Marker is in Perryville, Kentucky, in Boyle County. Marker can be reached from Whites 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. A different marker also named Starkweather’s Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Act of Mercy (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Cornfield (about 800 feet away); Sanctuary (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stewart's Attack (approx. 0.2 miles away); On this Spot Brig. Gen. James S. Jackson Fell (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Battle of Perryville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Union Monument (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 “Union Colonel John Starkweather”. National Archives

On the lower right is a photograph of Confederate
Starkweather's Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 31, 2012
3. Starkweather's Hill Marker
Parson's Ridge & The Cornfield in the distance.
Private Sam Watkins, 1st Tennessee Infantry.
 
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 607 times since then and 33 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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