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

The 15th Kentucky Infantry (US)

Perryville

 

óThe Battle for Kentucky October 8, 1862 ó

 
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By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
1. The 15th Kentucky Infantry (US) Marker
Inscription. On the ridge to your right front and across the paved road fought the 15th Kentucky Infantry (US). The 15th was recruited in the fall of 1861 from northern Kentucky and the Louisville area. At Perryville the regiment (part of Colonel William Lytleís brigade of General Lovell Rousseauís division) numbered 517 men and was commanded by Colonel Curran Pope, a graduate of West Point and a prominent Louisville politician. The 15th also contained several representatives of well-known Kentucky families: Popeís second-in command was Lieutenant Colonel George Jouett, son of a famous artist and former mayor of Lexington, and one of the captains was James Brown Forman, whose family made their fortune in distilleries. Despite being in the army for a year, Perryville was the regimentís first major battle.

During the battle the 15th supported the 3rd Ohio south of the Mackville Road (to your right front, today Hays-May Road) against massed attacks by Confederate General Bushrod Johnsonís brigade. Johnsonís men pushed across Doctorís Creek and into the yard of the Bottom House (in front of you) and were pinned down by the fire of the 3rd and 15th atop the hill to your right. When the 3rd ran out of ammunition the 15th took its place in the front. Despite heavy Confederate artillery and rifle fire, the Kentuckians held firm until about 4:15
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By Brandon Fletcher, March 31, 2012
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PM when their right flank was turned by Brigadier General Daniel Adamsí Louisiana brigade. Colonel Pope, still in command despite being wounded early in the action, turned his men to face this new attack. As the regiment faced south, General Patrick Cleburneís brigade attacked from the Bottom House, forcing the 15th Kentucky and 3rd Ohio to withdraw west toward the Dixville Crossroads. After a brief stand near the intersection, the 15th withdrew out of the fight.

Colonel Pope remained on duty despite his wounds, and gradually grew weaker in the weeks after the battle. He died of typhoid in Danville on November 5, 1862. The unitís losses at Perryville numbered 203 killed, wounded, and missing, a 39% casualty rate. Among the dead was Lieutenant Colonel Jouett. Captain Forman became the regimentís next commander, and was killed on New Yearís Eve 1862 in the Battle of Stones River. The 15th continued to serve in all the major battles of the Army of the Cumberland until mustering out in 1865.

[The 3rd Ohio and 15th Kentucky] had, without support, struggled hard to hold their line of battle for several hours, and were only forced to retire after immense loss and the movements of the enemy.”
—Brigadier General Lovell H. Rousseau

This regiment was never out of line or out of order or in confusion during any time of the day.
—Colonel
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By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
3. The 15th Kentucky Infantry (US) Marker
Curran Pope
 
Erected by Perryville Enhancement Project and the Civil War Roundtable of Chicago.
 
Location. 37° 39.978′ N, 84° 58.272′ 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. Locate 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. Assault from the Bottom House (a few steps from this marker); Michigan at Perryville (within shouting distance of this marker); Artillery Duel at Loomis Heights (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Baptism of Fire (about 300 feet away); The H. P. Bottom House (about 400 feet away); Bottom House (about 600 feet away); Simonsonís Battery (about 700 feet away); Defense of Loomisí Heights (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Perryville.
 
More about this marker. On the upper left is a photograph of “Colonel Curran Pope”

On the upper right is a painting with the caption, “The 15th Kentucky defends against a Confederate attack in this painting. Note the Bottom
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By Brandon Fletcher, March 31, 2012
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Marker on left. Bottom House in distance.
House on the left.”
 
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 745 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 25, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   2. submitted on September 14, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   3. submitted on August 25, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   4. submitted on September 14, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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