The Ravine

The Ravine (HM16UK)

Location: Nancy, KY 42544 Pulaski County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 3.358', W 84° 44.233'

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Colonel Speed Fry (photo inset)

For much of the battle the Union defense line was behind a rail fence at the top of the hill. Colonel Speed Fry of the Union 4th Kentucky said that his men there came "under a galling fire from the enemy, who were concealed in a deep ravine at the foot of the hill and posted on the opposite hill, distant about 250 yards."

"We Fell a Man to the Minute"

The 15th Mississippi was the first Confederate regiment to engage the Federal soldiers posted on the Mill Springs road. The Mississippians tried to flush the Union forces by moving down the hill behind you. When they came to the ravine in front of you, they were not able to cross because of its steepness. There were considerable delays in getting the 15th Mississippi to the other side. This allowed the Union force to take up position behind the rail fence at the top of the hill in front of you.

The Mississippians charged forward "with bayonets fixed and their large cane-knives unsheathed."Union gunfire dropped many of them. "We fell a man to the minute" according to one Mississippi soldier. Another wrote later that, "Some of the best blood in the south went down." Union artillery opened fire on the Mississippians. One officer remembered, "The enemy ran out pieces of artillery almost directly opposite to our center ... I called, 'Look out boys.' And threw myself, first on the ground. I had scarcely hit the ground before a charge of grape shot came whizzing through our ranks and seemed to almost lift Company D off the ground. Several men were killed and wounded by that fire. As I lay on the ground, a man fell across each arm." The Mississippi regiment stopped for a while, but pressed on toward the top of the hill when Union men appeared to fall back away from the fence. The 20th Tennessee came to the support of the 15th Mississippi.

The ravine both protected the Mississippi soldiers and trapped them. When they were forced to retreat they found getting out of the ravine as difficult as getting into it. Some of the hardest fighting of the Battle of Mill Springs took place through this ravine. Archaeological excavations turned up sixty fired bullets in the area of this marker, evidence of the rain of bullets that fell here during the fighting.
HM NumberHM16UK
Placed ByMill Springs Battlefield Association
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Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 11:37am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 701200 N 4103475
Decimal Degrees37.05596667, -84.73721667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 3.358', W 84° 44.233'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 3' 21.48" N, 84° 44' 13.98" W
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Area Code(s)606, 270
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1100-1146 State Hwy 235, Nancy KY 42544, US
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