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

Act of Mercy

Perryville

 

—The Battle for Kentucky October 8, 1862 —

 
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By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
1. Act of Mercy Marker
Inscription. The Battle of Perryville was a fierce fight for the members of the 79th Pennsylvania Infantry. Fighting in these fields, this unit suffered 40 killed, 146 wounded, and 30 missing. This represents a loss of more than fifty percent of the regiment. Among the casualties was William Woodward of company D. Shot in the left side by a Confederate “buck and ball” round (containing a round bullet and three smaller pieces of buckshot), Woodward was shot through the chest and lost a finger and part of his ear.

Woodward’s canteen was empty, and for more than ten hours he lay near here, thirsty and bleeding from his multiple wounds. Late that night, a Confederate soldier from the 41st Georgia found Woodward and gave the wounded Pennsylvanian a drink of water.

When the Confederate discovered that Woodward’s canteen was empty, the Southerner gave Woodward his full canteen and took Woodward’s empty one. After this act of mercy, the Confederate departed. Woodward survived the battle and the war.

“I myself was unfortunate enough to be shot through the left leg…hauled five miles this morning to Antioch Church…and thrown out in a pile like wood…I lay for six days out under a white oak tree, with my wound dressed once.”
Adam S. Johnson, 79th Pennsylvania Infantry

The U.S.
Act of Mercy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
2. Act of Mercy Marker
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Erected by Southern and Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association (SEKTDA). (Marker Number 9-A.)
 
Location. 37° 40.425′ N, 84° 58.493′ W. Marker is in Perryville, Kentucky, in Boyle County. Marker can be reached from Whites Road near 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. Starkweather's Hill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Starkweather’s Hill (about 400 feet away); Stewart's Attack (about 700 feet away); Sanctuary (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Cornfield (approx. 0.2 miles away); Donelson Persists (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Battle of Perryville (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. On the upper right is an image of "William Woodward in a postwar photograph." Photograph courtesy of Jeffers Vaughan and a drawing of "A .69 caliber buck and ball load."

On the lower right is a photograph with the caption, "An unknown Confederate soldier left William Woodward a canteen similar to the one pictured above."
 
Also see . . .
1. Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site. Kentucky State Parks (Submitted on August 25, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Perryville. Civil War Trust (Submitted on August 25, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. Perryville. CWSAC Battle Summary (Submitted on August 25, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

4. Southern and Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association (SEKTDA). (Submitted on August 25, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
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 586 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 25, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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