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Ivel in Floyd County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Battle of Ivy Mountain

November 8, 1861

 
 
The Battle of Ivy Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 7, 2015
1. The Battle of Ivy Mountain Marker
Inscription. The Battle of Ivy Mountain November 8, 1861 In the Fall of 1861, General William “Bull” Nelson, Union commander in Northeastern Kentucky, was ordered to break up a large Confederate recruiting camp at Prestonsburg. The camp was located in the big meadow below the Samuel May House, the Confederate recruiting station and birthplace of Captain Andrew Jackson May. With the approach of Nelsonís forces, Colonel John S. Williams, whose Confederate recruits were ill-equipped and low on ammunition, abandoned Prestonsburg and fell back to Pikeville. Planning to turn or cut the rebels off, Nelson divided his forces at Prestonsburg and sent one detachment under Colonel Joshua Sill up Johnís Creek while he led the main column up the Big Sandy River. As the Union columns converged on his new position at Pikeville, Colonel Williams ordered a large detachment under Captain May to delay Nelsonís advance. Mayís men took up position at this point. Waiting in ambush above what was then a narrow bend in the road, Mayís Confederates surprised the Federals with a heavy volley but were driven from the heights by superior numbers. May retired toward Pikeville, felling trees and burning bridges to further delay Nelsonís pursuit. After fighting (illegible) Sillís column at Pikeville on November 9th, Williams (illegible) the Virginia
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By Duane Hall, August 7, 2015
2. Battle of Ivy Mountain Markers
The Battle of Ivy Mountain marker is on right (west) side of obelisk
line. The first major clash in Eastern Kentucky, the Battle of Ivy Mountain, ended the first phase of the (illegible)
 
Location. 37° 35.593′ N, 82° 39.826′ W. Marker is in Ivel, Kentucky, in Floyd County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 23 and County Road 1032, on the right when traveling east on U.S. 23. Touch for map. Marker is at a pullout on the southwest side of US 23 across from its intersection with CR 1032. Marker is in this post office area: Ivel KY 41642, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named The Battle of Ivy Mountain (here, next to this marker); Struggle for the Big Sandy Valley (here, next to this marker); Floyd County Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.9 miles away); Greenville R. Davidson (approx. 7.9 miles away); County Named, 1799 (approx. 7.9 miles away); Prestonsburg Toll Bridge / Chesapeake & Ohio Railway System (approx. 8 miles away); John Graham (approx. 8 miles away); The Burns House / A Brief History of the Garfield Place (approx. 8.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ivel.
 
More about this marker. Marker is in poor condition at its far right end, and some parts of the last paragraph are not legible.

At the
View to South from Parking Lot image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 7, 2015
3. View to South from Parking Lot
Marker is on right side of obelisk
bottom, the marker includes portraits of Colonel John S. Williams of Mount Sterling, first commander of the 5th Kentucky Infantry, C.S.A.; Colonel Joshua Sill (1831-1862); William “Bull” Nelson (1824-1862); and Andrew Jackson May (1829-1903).
 
Also see . . .  Big Sandy Expedition - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on August 29, 2015.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
View Towards Pullout and US 23 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 7, 2015
4. View Towards Pullout and US 23
Marker is on left side
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 29, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 188 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 29, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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