The Battle of Middle Creek / The Fitzpatrick Farm

The Battle of Middle Creek / The Fitzpatrick Farm (HM19K6)

Location: Prestonsburg, KY 41653 Floyd County
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N 37° 39.034', W 82° 48.803'

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The Battle of Middle Creek
At this site, on Jan. 10, 1862, Union troops under Col. James A. Garfield defeated Confederates led by Gen. Humphrey Marshall. Garfield's 1,100 Ohioians and Kentuckians advanced up Middle Creek and clashed with Marshall's 1,967 Virginians and Kentuckians. Marshall's main force occupied ridge on the south side of Middle Creek. The battle began about noon, with the Union troops fighting their way up the ridges and the Confederates counterattacking down them. Turning point came at 4:00 p.m., when Garfield's reserves arrived from Paintsville. Faced with fresh Union troops and advancing shadows, Marshall withdrew his troops from ridge and retreated. Union losses: 3 killed, 18 wounded; Confederate losses: 12 killed, 15 wounded.

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The Fitzpatrick Farm
The Battle of Middle Creek was fought on land owned by Henry Clay Fitzpatrick (1823-1895), son of Jonathan Fitzpatrick and grandson of Bath Co., Va., native John Fitzpatrick, Revolutionary War veteran, who established a farm here sometime before 1800. John is buried on Graveyard Point, Garfield's command post during battle. Henry's son Hiram H. Fitzpatrick, Floyd County Clerk, inherited the farm and passed it to his son Henry D. Fitzpatrick, Sr. and daughter Osa F. Ligon. Next owners were Henry D. Fitzpatrick, Jr., president of The Bank Josephine, and Osa's daughter, Sally Ligon Clarke. Farm is now owned by Middle Creek National Battlefield Foundation, founded in 1992 by Franklin D. Fitzpatrick, son of H.D. Fitzpatrick, Jr.
HM NumberHM19K6
Series This marker is part of the Kentucky: Kentucky Historical Society series
Marker Number2093
Year Placed2002
Placed ByKentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 1:48am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 340030 N 4168592
Decimal Degrees37.65056667, -82.81338333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 39.034', W 82° 48.803'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 39' 2.04" N, 82° 48' 48.18" W
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Area Code(s)606
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 54-572 State Hwy 404, Prestonsburg KY 41653, US
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