Richmond in Madison County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
“Good, Common-Sense Soldiering”
A Bold Move
Cleburne's commander Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith, arrived with a plan to turn the Union flank at Mt. Zion Church. Kirby Smith's second division, under the command of Gen. Thomas J. Churchill, was ordered to march up a ravine formed by Mound Creek west of the State Road, a move that allowed them to escape detection by the Union soldiers near the church.
The maneuver worked. Around 10 a.m., the Confederates burst out of the ravine, charged across a field and hit the Union right flank. At the same time, the remainder of the Confederates attacked the Union left and center. The coordinated attacks by the veteran Confederate troops proved too much for Manson's raw soldiers. As one Confederate put it, "We charged
Mound Creek ravine or as it is locally known, Churhill's draw, is just to the west of this location. Its position is marked by the tree line in front of you.
When Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith arrived on the field just north of Kingston, he had already devised a solid, simple plan to defeat the Union soldiers facing his small army. According to historian Dean Warren Lambert: "What Kirby Smith was doing was simple, good, common-sense soldiering." The maneuver of sending half of Churchill's men up the ravine was a simple flanking move and it worked to perfection.
Location. 37° 39.878′ N, 84° 15.128′ 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. This marker is part of the Union Trail Interpreted Loop at Pleasant View Farm. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond KY 40475, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Union Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Saving the Richmond Battlefield (about 300 feet away, measured Battle of Richmond (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named The Battle of Richmond (about 400 feet away); Slavery at Pleasant View Farm (about 400 feet away); Sharpshooters Check The Union Right (about 500 feet away); Barnett Burial Ground (about 600 feet away); "The Loud Mouthed Dogs of War Were Unleashed" (about 600 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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