Near Nancy in Pulaski County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Rutledge's Tennessee Light Artillery Battery
Rutledge's Battery fought at the Battle of Mill Springs on January 19, 1862 with Rutledge himself serving as Artillery Staff Officer. A battery of two of Rutledge's guns was ordered to a position on the Mill Springs Road in support of the 15th Mississippi Regiment, but its fire was of little effect. While returning from this forward position, Captain Rutledge's horse was shot from under him. Following the battle, the Confederates removed all but one of his guns back to Beech Grove. From the protection of the Confederate works, his men answered the Union artillery bombardment. The Federal artillery was desperately trying to sink the steamboat "Noble Ellis" as it ferried Confederate soldiers across the Cumberland River. When the southern soldiers retired across the Cumberland River, all of the Confederate artillery, including
Rutledge's Artillery would only operate as an independent unit through the Battle of Shiloh. After the 1862 battle it was consolidated with McClung's Battery.
Erected by Mill Springs Battlefield Association.
Location. 37° 3.225′ N, 84° 44.308′ 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 11 on the Battlefield Loop Trail at Tour Stop 2 - Zollicoffer Park. 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. The Union Advance (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Retreat (about 400 feet away); "Confederate Mass Grave" (about 600 feet away); The Dawn of Battle (about 600 feet away); Gen'l Felix K. Zollicoffer Mistaken Identity - A Deadly Error (about 800 feet away); Felix K. Zollicoffer, "Zollie Tree" (about 800 feet away); Archaeology and the Mill Springs Battlefield (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nancy.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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