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Near Nancy in Wayne County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Moulden's Hill

Union Artillery Position

 

—Battle of Mill Springs —

 
Moulden's Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, April 26, 2012
1. Moulden's Hill Marker
Inscription. The Battle - Evening January 19, 1862

The Federal forces pursuing the beaten Confederates halted here near a small log school. This school building had been used by the Confederates as a headquarters for their pickets during their occupation of the area. The Federals now rested here and prepared to assault the Confederate earthworks in the morning.

During the evening of January 19th Federal artillery was deployed on the high ground around this area (known as Moulden's Hill). The batteries firing throughout the night discharged over 300 rounds into the Confederate fortified camp and at the small steam boat the southerners were using as a ferry.

The next morning when the Federals assaulted the earthworks they found the camp deserted. The Confederate army had escaped across the river during the night. Later Colonel Speed Fry of the 4th KY Infantry U.S. inquired to George Thomas why he did not attack the Confederate position the night of the 19th. General Thomas replied, "Hang it Fry, I never once thought of it."

To the right is a drawing (below) of Union artillery being prepared for firing.
 
Erected 1997 by Mill Springs Battlefield Association & Kentucky Humanities Council.
 
Location. 36° 57.682′ 
Moulden's Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, April 26, 2012
2. Moulden's Hill Marker
beside Tour Stop 6 Sign
N, 84° 46.849′ W. Marker is near Nancy, Kentucky, in Wayne County. Marker is on Mill Springs Battlefield Road 2.3 miles south of State Route 235, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker and Tour Stop sign are at a shaded parking pulloff just inside a forested area. Marker is in this post office area: Nancy KY 42544, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fortifications at Beech Grove ( approx. 0.6 miles away); Winter Quarters ( approx. 0.6 miles away); Zollie's Den ( approx. 0.6 miles away); Noble Ellis - Sternwheeler that Saved an Army ( approx. 1.4 miles away); Mill Springs ( approx. 2 miles away); Timmy's Branch ( approx. 5.6 miles away); "Poor Charlie" ( approx. 6.4 miles away); Confederate Field Hospital ( approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nancy.
 
More about this marker. This is Tour Stop 6 of the Mill Springs Battlefield Driving Tour.
 
Additional keywords. Zollicoffer
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Union Artillery on Moulden's Hill image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, April 26, 2012
3. Union Artillery on Moulden's Hill
Caption: "As we approached their entrenchments the division was deployed in line of battle and steadily advanced to the summit of the hill at Moulden's. From this point I directed their entrenchments be cannonaded" - General George H. Thomas, Commander U.S. forces, Mill Springs
View from Moulden's Hill toward Confederate Camp image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, April 26, 2012
4. View from Moulden's Hill toward Confederate Camp
Union artillery fired south in this direction but from more open country.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 24, 2012, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This page has been viewed 346 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 24, 2012, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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