Near Nancy in Pulaski County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Fix Bayonets - Charge!
The Battle - Mid-Morning
Union Colonel Robert McCook, commanding the Union 3rd Brigade ordered one of the few successful bayonet charges of the Civil War.
Directly across the road men of the 9th Ohio fell in line beside troops of the 10th Indiana. With loud cheering this regiment of German-Americans, the only regiment with battle experience, started a bayonet charge that flanked the Confederate left toward the high hill in the distance. This sustained charge of more than a mile created panic among the Confederate troops and started a complete rout of the Confederate Army, bringing the battle to a close. What today is an open field was a wooded area during the battle; most of the charge took place through the woods and underbrush.
Seeing the superior number of the enemy and their bravery, I concluded the best mode of settling the contest was to order the Ninth Ohio Regiment to charge the enemy's position with the bayonet ..." - Colonel Robert L. McCook (photo inset)
Erected by Mill Springs Battlefield Association.
Location. 37° 3.38′ N, 84° 44.394′ W. Marker is near Nancy, Kentucky, in Pulaski County. Marker can be reached from Kentucky Route 235 0.1 miles south of Kentucky Route 761, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. This is Station #3 on the Battlefield Loop Trail at Tour Stop 2 - Zollicoffer Park. Refer to trail map photo (9th Ohio Charge). Marker is in this post office area: Nancy KY 42544, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George Henry Thomas (a few steps from this marker); The Union Line at the Fence (within shouting distance of this marker); "Battle on a Sabbath Morn" (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Zollie Tree" (within shouting distance of this marker); Felix K. Zollicoffer, "Zollie Tree" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gen'l Felix K. Zollicoffer (about 300 feet away); Mistaken Identity - A Deadly Error (about 300 feet away); The Dawn of Battle (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nancy.
More about this marker. On the right side is a lithograph by Currier and Ives, New York, 1862 showing the charge
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 3, 2013, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This page has been viewed 381 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 3, 2013, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.