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

Union Artillery

 
 
Union Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 30, 2012
1. Union Artillery Marker
Inscription.
"Shells burst with great force about us and their solid shot shrieked close to our heads with fearful accuracy."
Sam Thompson, Douglas' Texas Battery

The Battle of Richmond began on a hot and hazy August morning. Gen. Mahlon Manson drew up his brigade on the best available high ground between his column and the Confederates advancing from the south. When the head of the Confederate infantry came into view, Manson's artillery opened fire. Lt. Edwin O. Lanphere's 1st Michigan Light Artillery Battery F began what became a two hour artillery duel.

Lanphere commanded a battery of six pieces, the standard number in a Union battery. But, like everything else in Manson's army, the artillery had been pulled together from what units were available. Lanphere had four pieces from his battery, Battery F, and two pieces from Lt. Byron D. Paddock's battery, Battery G. It is not known what kind of guns the Union artillery had but Gen. Charles Cruft mentions a Rodman- a three-inch ordnance rifle- a very common Union gun. Confederate Gen. Patrick Cleburne reported that the Union army also used "a little mountain howitzer which they had captured the day before from Colonel Scott."
 
Location. 37° 40.349′ N, 84° 15.19′ W. Marker is in
Union Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 30, 2012
2. Union Artillery Marker
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. Michigan Light Artillery Regiment / Batteries F and G (within shouting distance of this marker); Mt. Zion Church - Field Hospital (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Civil War Field Hospital (about 500 feet away); The Confederates Crush The Union Left (approx. 0.2 miles away); Manson's First Line (approx. 0.2 miles away); Manson's Mistake (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Reckless And Useless Charge (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Near Fatal Mistake (approx. 0.4 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
 
Confederate location at Pleasant View Farm can be seen in distance image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 30, 2012
3. Confederate location at Pleasant View Farm can be seen in distance
Marker can be seen on left in distance
Confederate position at Pleasant View Farm as seen in distance image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 30, 2012
4. Confederate position at Pleasant View Farm as seen in distance
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 144 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 27, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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