Near Prestonsburg in Floyd County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
The Battle of Middle Creek / The Fitzpatrick Farm
The Battle of Middle Creek
At this site, on Jan. 10, 1862, Union troops under Col. James A. Garfield defeated Confederates led by Gen. Humphrey Marshall. Garfield's 1,100 Ohioians and Kentuckians advanced up Middle Creek and clashed with Marshall's 1,967 Virginians and Kentuckians. Marshall's main force occupied ridge on the south side of Middle Creek. The battle began about noon, with the Union troops fighting their way up the ridges and the Confederates counterattacking down them. Turning point came at 4:00 p.m., when Garfield's reserves arrived from Paintsville. Faced with fresh Union troops and advancing shadows, Marshall withdrew his troops from ridge and retreated. Union losses: 3 killed, 18 wounded; Confederate losses: 12 killed, 15 wounded.
The Fitzpatrick Farm
The Battle of Middle Creek was fought on land owned by Henry Clay Fitzpatrick (1823-1895), son of Jonathan Fitzpatrick and grandson of Bath Co., Va., native John Fitzpatrick, Revolutionary War veteran, who established a farm here sometime before 1800. John is buried on Graveyard Point, Garfield's command post during battle. Henry's son Hiram H. Fitzpatrick, Floyd County Clerk, inherited the farm and passed it to his son Henry D. Fitzpatrick, Sr. and daughter Osa F. Ligon. Next
Erected 2002 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2093.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 37° 39.039′ N, 82° 48.81′ W. Marker is near Prestonsburg, Kentucky, in Floyd County. Marker can be reached from Kentucky Route 114 0.1 miles east of Kentucky Route 404. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Middle Creek National Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Prestonsburg KY 41653, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eastern Kentucky's Civil War Battles and Skirmishes, 1863-1864 (a few steps from this marker); Eastern Kentucky's Civil War Battles and Skirmishes, 1861-1862 (a few steps from this marker); The Battle of Middle Creek (a few steps from this marker); Why They Fought Here (a few steps from this marker); Kentuckian versus Kentuckian (II) Kentucky Blue Blood versus Ohio Self-Made Man (a few steps from this marker); Kentuckian versus Kentuckian (I) (a few steps from this marker); The Middle Creek National Battlefield Foundation (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Prestonsburg.
Also see . . . Middle Creek National Battlefield. Official website of the Middle Creek National Battlefield Foundation. (Submitted on July 21, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 21, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 640 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 21, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.