Perryville in Boyle County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
—The Battle for Kentucky October 8, 1862 —
In these fields, a Union brigade commanded by Colonel George Penny Webster supported the main Union battle line. Webster's troops, numbering more than 3,000 men from Ohio and Indiana, were new soldiers who would soon experience the horrors of battle for the first time. Many of the men carried antiquated Prussian muskets that were old and unreliable. During combat, many of the guns would not fire at the oncoming enemy.
Posted on high ground in support of Captain Samuel Harris' artillery battery, Webster's infantry formed a second line against the brunt of the Confederate attack. When the Federal brigade in front of them finally retreated, the advancing Southern troops hit Webster's men squarely for the first time. As the enemy swarmed near them, Colonel Webster was shot in the hip, and he fell from his horse. Taken to a field hospital, Webster eventually died from his wound. Inexperienced and hindered by their outdated weaponry, his troops quickly retreated to the west.
The Battle of Perryville was a vicious baptism of fire for these raw troops. The brigade suffered 90 killed, 345 wounded, and 144 missing. Their experience was indicative of many Union soldiers who fought at Perryville. Untested in battle, many of these men were forced to retreat when threatened by veteran Confederate soldiers.
Union Sergeant Major Duncan C. Milner
98th Ohio Infantry
Location. 37° 40.254′ N, 84° 58.841′ W. Marker is in Perryville, Kentucky, in Boyle County. Marker is on Whites Road east of Hays Mays Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Perryville KY 40468, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 80th Indiana (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); General Polk Behind Enemy Lines (about 600 feet away); Harris' Battery (about 600 feet away); Illinois Soldiers at Perryville (about 600 feet away); Dixville Crossroads (about 700 feet away); Russell House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Widow Gibson Cabin (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cleburne's Advance (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Perryville.
Also see . . .
1. Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site. Kentucky Department of Parks (Submitted on September 16, 2015.)
2. Perryville. Civil War Trust (Submitted on September 16, 2015.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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