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

“Rally, boys! Rally to the Colors!”

 
 
"Rally, boys! Rally to the Colors!" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 12, 2010
1. "Rally, boys! Rally to the Colors!" Marker
Inscription. After the early morning engagement near Mt. Zion Church both sides regrouped. Manson deployed the Union forces here at Duncannon Road, placing his brigade on the east side of the Old State Road (US 421) and Gen. Cruft's brigade on the west side.

Cruft's command fired and the advancing Confederates fell back. Confederate Col. Thomas McCray quickly ordered his command to lie down behind a fence about 200 yards south of the Union position. Cruft, who incorrectly believed the Confederates were retreating, ordered a general advance.

When Cruft's line came within fifty yards of the Confederate position the Southerners rose and delivered a series of volleys that staggered the Federals. The fighting became intense all along the line west of the Old State Road. The Union brigade fought stubbornly, holding their ground. But the tide turned swiftly. Confederate Col. Benjamin J. Hill brought his brigade up on the east side of the Old State Road, turned west, and attacked Cruft's exposed eastern flank.

"[The enemy] opened on us through the fence with a volley that fairly shivered our line. I heard groans and cries of others who were wounded and some who were dying." Pvt. David G. LeSourd 12th Indiana
 
Erected by Civil War Discovery Trail.
 
Location.
"Rally, boys! Rally to the Colors!" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 12, 2010
2. "Rally, boys! Rally to the Colors!" Marker
The color bearer of the 16th Indiana waved a flag in the face of the enemy yelling, "Rally boys! Rally to the colors!"
37° 42.015′ N, 84° 15.874′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Kentucky, in Madison County. Marker is on Duncannon Road 0.1 miles west of Berea Road (U.S. 25/421), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located on a small service road just West of the intersection. Several other related markers are in this same area. 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. "Defeat and Destruction Seemed Inevitable" (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Richmond (a few steps from this marker); The Generals (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Richmond, Ky. (approx. 0.9 miles away); Twitty's or Little Fort (approx. 0.9 miles away); Fort Estill (approx. 0.9 miles away); Daniel Boone's Trace (approx. 0.9 miles away); Daniel Boone's Trail (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
David G. LeSourd, ca. 1900 image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 12, 2010
3. David G. LeSourd, ca. 1900
"Rally, boys! Rally to the Colors!" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 30, 2012
4. "Rally, boys! Rally to the Colors!" Marker
This marker sets with another, and is the closest one in the photo.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 2, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 711 times since then and 46 times this year. Last updated on July 27, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 2, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.   4. submitted on July 27, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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