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

Donelson's Advance



óThe Battle for Kentucky October 8, 1862 ó

Donelson's Advance Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
1. Donelson's Advance Marker
Inscription. When Donelsonís brigade moved into this valley, they were met with a deadly surprise. The rolling terrain had prevented the Confederates from seeing all of the Union troop positions. When the Confederates reached this valley, they became trapped in a deadly crossfire as Union artillery fired at them from both the west and the north.

Shells exploded overhead and cannonballs crashed into the Southern lines, but the brigade surged forward. Casualties were horrible from the crossfire, and the accurate fire from the two Union batteries spun the Southern troops into confusion. Donelsonís lines wavered and changed direction twice. The unexpected artillery barrage nearly ended Donelsonís advance.

Although the fire from two Union artillery batteries had killed and wounded dozens of soldiers and had caused chaos in the Southern lines, the Confederates reformed and continued their attack. Pressing the Union soldiers, Donelsonís brigade drove a Union infantry regiment out from behind a fence and continued westward up the valley.

I ascertained from the fire of another battery of the enemyís further on our right that I did not have the proper direction. I accordingly gave orders for a charge...
Confederate Brigadier General Daniel Donelson
Brigade Commander
Donelson's Advance Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
2. Donelson's Advance Marker
37° 40.395′ N, 84° 58.145′ 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. Introduction (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lumsden's Battery (about 600 feet away); Soldiers' Reaction to Lincoln's Emancipation (about 700 feet away); Perryvile and the Emancipation Proclamation (about 700 feet away); Confederate Cemetery (about 700 feet away); Squire Henry P. Bottom (about 700 feet away); Perryville Confederate Memorial (about 700 feet away); Perryville Battlefield (about 800 feet 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, "Confederate Colonel John H. Savage (shown above in his Mexican War uniform) commanded the 16th Tennessee Infantry under Donelson."
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 500 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 25, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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