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

A Near Fatal Mistake

 
 
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By Brandon Fletcher, March 30, 2012
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Inscription. As the battle unfolded on the morning of August 30, 1862, General Patrick Cleburne began to arrange his artillery. Cleburne placed the 1st Texas just north of the Irvine-Lancaster Pike (present-day Crooksville Road). His plan was to next move Marion's Florida Light Artillery Battery east of that position giving him eight guns that he could bring to bear from the east of the Old State Road (US 421).

Cleburne sent a courier ordering the Florida Artillery Battery forward and Capt. John M. Martin wasted little time in obeying the order. The Battle of Richmond was the first engagement for the Marion Florida Light Artillery. Perhaps it was a desire to please their commanding general and fellow Floridian, Edmund Kirby smith, or just poorly worded order, but for whatever the reason, Capt. Martin began unlimbering his guns about one-half mile north of where Cleburne intended.

Martin was ordered to place his battery near the first brick house facing the road past the crossroads. Had Martin been south of the crossroads this order would have been a problem. It appears that the Floridians were already north of the crossroads near Kingston when Martin received the order, and consequently this first brick house fitting the description was Pleasant View. Martin rushed north beyond the main Confederate line and began unlimbering
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By Brandon Fletcher, March 30, 2012
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his guns less than 600 yards south of the main Union line.

A regiment of Indiana infantry saw the battery and unleashed a deadly fire upon the unprotected artillerists. Captain Martin fell after taking a shot to the head. Several officers and enlisted men were mortally wounded. Some of the battery's horses were also hit. The untried battery was taking a beating and panic set in among the recruits. Fortunately, cooler heads quickly realized a mistake had been made and the battery withdrew south.
 
Location. 37° 39.982′ N, 84° 15.055′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Kentucky, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from Battlefield Memorial Highway (U.S. 421) near 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. "The Loud Mouthed Dogs of War Were Unleashed" (within shouting distance of this marker); Manson's Mistake (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Barnett Burial Ground (about 300 feet away); A Reckless And Useless Charge (about 300 feet away); Sharpshooters Check The Union Right
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(about 400 feet away); The Union Trail (about 500 feet away); Saving the Richmond Battlefield (about 600 feet away); "Good, Common-Sense Soldiering" (about 700 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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By Brandon Fletcher, March 30, 2012
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 26, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 158 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 26, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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