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Richmond in Madison County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Union Trail

 
 
The Union Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 30, 2012
1. The Union Trail Marker
Inscription. The Union Trail interprets Phase I of the Battle of Richmond from the Union perspective. Pleasant View and this property were between the lines - Union troops and artillery were one- half mile north, near Mt. Zion church. Confederate troops and artillery were one-half mile south. Imagine that August day. Artillery shells scream overhead. Some confederate shells fall short of their mark. thudding into the ground and exploding with an unbelievable roar. Smoke and small arms fire are all around. This trail would have been a very difficult and dangerous place to be indeed.

The Spur Trail overlooks Churchill's Draw. Confederate Gen. Thomas J. Churchill led a brigade through the draw, emerging near the Union line and taking Federals by surprise. Churchill's maneuver turned the battle in the Confederates' favor. The Union line fell back, ending this phase of the battle.

There is some shade but the open ground and hills make this a moderately difficult walk. Benches along the trail allow you to rest. Be sure to pause at the two family cemeteries along the top of the ridge.

Enjoy your stay at The Battle of Richmond Park
 
Location. 37° 39.894′ N, 84° 15.082′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Kentucky, in Madison County. Marker can be reached
The Union Trail Marker Map image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 30, 2012
2. The Union Trail Marker Map
from the intersection of Battlefield Memorial Highway and Hayes Fork Lane, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Battlefield Memorial Highway, Richmond KY 40475, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Good, Common-Sense Soldiering" (within shouting distance of this marker); Sharpshooters Check The Union Right (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle of Richmond (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named The Battle of Richmond (about 300 feet away); Slavery at Pleasant View Farm (about 300 feet away); Saving the Richmond Battlefield (about 400 feet away); "The Loud Mouthed Dogs of War Were Unleashed" (about 400 feet away); Barnett Burial Ground (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Richmond Visitors Center,. (Submitted on July 28, 2015.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Union Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 30, 2012
3. The Union Trail Marker
Family Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 30, 2012
4. Family Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 24, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 160 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 24, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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