Perryville in Boyle County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
—The Battle for Kentucky October 8, 1862 —
Union Captain Robert B. Taylor was one of these inexperienced officers. Born in Frankfort, Kentucky, in 1831, Taylor raised an infantry company and was quickly thrust into the Battle of Perryville. Here, Taylor and his company fought in Terrill’s brigade, and they were also forced from the fields in front of you.
As the troops fell back, Taylor encountered one of his officers, 2nd Lieutenant Thomas Hutchinson, whose face was “all bloody.” Taylor discovered that Hutchinson “had been struck in the head with a fragment of shell, and the blood flowed from his face in streams.” Thinking they would be safe in this gully, Taylor brought the injured soldier to this area. Taylor wrote that Hutchinson “moaned and groaned, and made me very miserable indeed. We were laying close in under the bank to protect ourselves from the shower of iron hail that was raining over us, when a cannon ball struck within a few feet of where we were sitting, and raised an immense cloud of dust about us.”
“By this time every man seemed to be looking out for himself as we were all broken up. For my part I could not tell whether we had any regiment or not. After falling back about 15 or 20 rods we came into a kind of a grove so getting behind the first tree I saw the Captn and a few others. I gave [the enemy] a few more rounds. While we were there our Captn got wounded slightly on top of the head making the blood run freely. He laughed and said something I could not tell what but started [off] again. I finished loading my gun and started [off] after him.”
Private Josiah Ayre, 105th Ohio Infantry, Terrill’s Brigade
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Location. 37° 40.45′ N, 84° 58.302′ 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. The Battle of Perryville (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Cemetery (about 300 feet away); Squire Henry P. Bottom (about 400 feet away); Perryville Confederate Memorial (about 400 feet away); Perryville Battlefield (about 400 feet away); Union Monument (about 400 feet away); Perryvile and the Emancipation Proclamation (about 400 feet away); Soldiers' Reaction to Lincoln's Emancipation (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Perryville.
More about this marker. On the left is a painting, "A Skirmish in the Wilderness" by Winslow Homer 1864
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.)
4. The Southern and Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association (SEKTDA). (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 558 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 25, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 3, 4. submitted on September 14, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.