Richmond in Madison County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Confederate Gen. Patrick Cleburne positioned most of his infantry east of the Old State road (US 421), his line extending on the east to a stand of woods. Manson, who could not see the entire Confederate line, moved his men forward to determine just where Cleburne's line ended. This action led to an exchange of fire and continuous shifting of troops by both sides. Manson, believing that the Confederates would try to turn his flank, sent his reserve, the 71st Indiana, and seven of the ten companies of the 69th Indiana, to be east to lengthen and strengthen his line. Unfortunately, Manson seriously misjudged the Confederates.
Cleburne skillfully allowed the drama to play out, continuing the engagement at the eastern end of Manson's line. In the meantime, Cleburne's superior, Gen. Edmund Kirby smith, ordered Gen. Thomas James Churchill to move his division to the west of the Union line. Churchill moved his men through the draw created by Mound
Manson met Churchill's threat by ordering the 95th Ohio to make a bayonet charge. Manson's mistake, and subsequent orders, brought the Battle of Richmond to a critical juncture.
Location. 37° 40.016′ N, 84° 15.006′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Kentucky, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Battlefield Memorial Highway (U.S. 421) and Hays Fork Lane, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. 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. A Near Fatal Mistake (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "The Loud Mouthed Dogs of War Were Unleashed" (about 400 feet away); Sharpshooters Check The Union Right (about 600 feet away); A Reckless And Useless Charge (about 600 feet away); Barnett Burial Ground (about The Union Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saving the Richmond Battlefield (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Good, Common-Sense Soldiering" (approx. 0.2 miles 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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