Perryville in Boyle County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
óThe Battle for Kentucky October 8, 1862 ó
With Donelsonís 16th Tennessee Infantry Regiment taking the lead, the stubborn Confederate advance moved past the ridge in front of you. Driving the Union defenders away from the Widow Gibson cabin, Donelsonís persistent soldiers were finally stopped by a Union brigade commanded by Colonel George Webster.
With his brigade in shambles from the crossfire of several Federal batteries and the obstinate Union defense, Donelsonís men withdrew. Their losses were severe. In the four-hour battle, Donelsonís 16th Tennessee Infantry suffered nearly 60 percent casualties. These Tennesseans lost more men killed and wounded than any other Southern regiment in the battle. We advanced through a field where the grapeshot and shrapnel were rattling against the cornstalks...
Confederate Private Davis Biggs
38th Tennessee Infantry
Location. 37° 40.279′ N, 84° 58.376′ W. Marker is in Perryville, Kentucky, in Boyle County. Marker can be reached from Park Road near Battlefield Road (Kentucky Route 1920). Touch for map. Located in Perryville Battlefield
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stewart's Attack (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Widow Gibson Cabin (approx. 0.2 miles away); “For Godís Sake, Save That Battery” The 38th Indiana at Perryville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Act of Mercy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sanctuary (approx. 0.2 miles away); Defense of Loomisí Heights (approx. 0.2 miles away); Simonsonís Battery (approx. ľ mile away); Starkweather's Hill (approx. ľ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Perryville.
More about this marker. On the lower right is an illustration with the caption, “This drawing, made after the Battle of Perryville, may depict Union Captain Samuel Harrisí 19th Indiana Battery and the 80th Indiana Infantry Regiment. Donelsonís attack aimed to overtake this battery. While it succeeded in pushing back several Union regiments, the attack ultimately stalled. From Harperís Weekly
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 542 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 25, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.