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

“Poor Charlie”

 
 
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By Brandon Fletcher, April 1, 2012
1. "Poor Charlie" Marker
Inscription.
The Battle - Confederate Retreat

During the battle a small one room log cabin stood here (the foundation stones are still visible). Retreating Federal pickets made a brief but desperate stand in and around this cabin at the beginning of the battle. This action slowed the Confederate advance giving the Federal army time to rush troops forward to meet the advancing Confederates.

As soon as the Federal pickets were pushed back Confederate surgeons occupied the cabin and set up a field hospital. This hospital operated throughout the battle treating wounded soldiers. some came here on their own and others were carried here by friends. One of the last to be brought here was Charlie Clemenson of the 19th Tennessee. He was left at the hospital by his friends as the defeated Confederate army was retreating past this site. W.J. Worsham was one of the men who brought Charlie here and describes the scene. "Pink Henderson, Clabe Perry and the writer carried Charlie from the field in a blanket....Poor Charlie was dying as when we laid him down. We can never forget the sad anxious expression of his face as we left him in his last sad trail of life, dying alone deserted by all, who he thought were friends, left on the cold ground with naught but the cold rain to wash the sweat of death for his brow."

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By Brandon Fletcher, April 1, 2012
2. "Poor Charlie" Marker
Federals captured the hospital along with most of the Confederate wounded and the Confederate surgeons (including Zollicoffer's personal surgeon), who would not retreat with the army and leave the wounded behind. Several of these wounded including Charlie Clemenson would die here. They were buried in unmarked graves in a small cemetery next to the cabin (the cemetery is in the open field in front of the barn). Through the years all the headstones in the cemetery have been destroyed. The hospital cabin itself with blood stained floors stood until the 1940's when it was torn down.
 
Erected 1997 by Human Health Care Plans.
 
Location. 37° 2.772′ N, 84° 44.11′ W. Marker is in Nancy, Kentucky, in Pulaski County. Marker can be reached from Kentucky Route 235 south of McGlothin Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. 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. Confederate Field Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); Turpin/Simpson Properties (approx. 0.4 miles away); Confederate Artillery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Confederate Retreat (approx. 0.6 miles away);
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By Brandon Fletcher, April 1, 2012
3. "Poor Charlie" Marker
The Union Advance (approx. 0.6 miles away); "Confederate Mass Grave" (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Dawn of Battle (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Blacksmith Shop (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nancy.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
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By Brandon Fletcher, April 1, 2012
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By Brandon Fletcher, April 1, 2012
5. Log Cabin Foundation Stones
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By Brandon Fletcher, April 1, 2012
6. "Poor Charlie" Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 25, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 136 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 25, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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