Richmond in Madison County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Sharpshooters Check The Union Right
Cleburne also ordered a company of sharpshooters from 2nd Tennessee Infantry Regiment forward to harass the Federal right flank. Captain James J. Newsom of Company C was given command. As the company neared "a large brick residence (Pleasant View), Newsom could clearly see both the Union artillery and the 69th Indiana in his front. He quickly divided his company, Newsom and half of the men moving north and west of the house and the remainder, under Lt. William E. Yeatman, taking position north and east of Newsom. Once in position, the sharpshooters popped away at the Union line for an hour.
The fire from the small band of Confederates held the Union line in check, or at least made the jumpy, new soldiers wary and, for a while, kept their heads down. Newsom realized he had found the end of the Union line and sent Lt.
The British army began using sharpshooters, crack shots with rifles, in the 1760's. By 1862 both the Union and Confederate armies employed sharpshooters. Initially, the Union army created two regiments of sharpshooters. Later, both sides determined that the soldiers were best organized in smaller numbers, generally as a single company attached to a regiment.
Rather than overextending his line, as Manson was doing, Cleburne Kept the Federal troops in check by harassing their right flank with his sharpshooters. The sharpshooters kept the Union infantry busy while an unseen infantry division advanced north through the Mound Creek ravine.
Location. 37° 39.92′ N, 84° 15.037′ Touch for map. Part of the Union Trail Interpreted Loop at Richmond, Kentucky (Pleasant View Farm). Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Battlefield Memorial Hwy, Richmond KY 40475, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "The Loud Mouthed Dogs of War Were Unleashed" (within shouting distance of this marker); The Union Trail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Near Fatal Mistake (about 400 feet away); Battle of Richmond (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named The Battle of Richmond (about 500 feet away); Slavery at Pleasant View Farm (about 500 feet away); "Good, Common-Sense Soldiering" (about 500 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 •
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