Monroe's Bayonet Charge Wins the Battle Historical

Monroe's Bayonet Charge Wins the Battle Historical (HM1U6J)

Location: Prestonsburg, KY 41653 Floyd County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 39.031', W 82° 48.731'

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The battle's turning point came when Garfield ordered Lt. Col. George W. Monroe and a detachment of the 22nd Kentucky to charge up the steep ridge opposite Graveyard Point and drive the Confederate sharpshooters back to their main line. Monroe was a born fighter, and his heroic charge decided the battle's outcome.

While Moore's Virginians were contesting Pardee's advance, several companies of the (1) 5th Kentucky moved down the spur opposite Graveyard Point towards Garfield's main position. The Kentuckians raked Graveyard Point with heavy rifle fire until a (2) sharp volley from Garfield's reserves drove them back.

As the battle was in progress, Cranor's 40th Ohio arrived at Graveyard Point. Selecting 150 men from Garfield's Ohio regiments and the 22nd Kentucky, (3) Garfield ordered Cranor to lead them across the creek and reinforce Pardee. Then he selected 120 Kentuckians, assigned them to Monroe, and ordered him to drive the rebel sharpshooters from the ridge opposite Graveyard Point. It was Kentuckian against Kentuckian as Monroe and his men (4) fought their way up and along the narrow ridge towards the crest.

Posted behind a huge boulder, a large detachment of the 5th Kentucky stubbornly contested the Union assault. Monroe ordered his men to make a bayonet charge, and with loud yells they sprang up
the hill and over the rocks. Three Union soldiers leaped upon the boulder as the Confederates fell back toward their main line. A flurry of parting shots brought down two of the trio, including Private Nelson Boggs of the 14th Kentucky, who fell dead with a ball through his brain.

Though the Confederates stubbornly resisted the assault, the steady pressure from Union rifles slowly forced them to withdraw. The fighting ceased around 5 p.m., following Marshall's order that the position be abandoned.
HM NumberHM1U6J
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Date Added Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 340136 N 4168584
Decimal Degrees37.65051667, -82.81218333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 39.031', W 82° 48.731'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 39' 1.86" N, 82° 48' 43.86" W
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Area Code(s)606
Closest Postal AddressAt or near KY-114, Prestonsburg KY 41653, US
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