Assault on Parsons' Ridge

Assault on Parsons' Ridge (HMVA6)

Location: Perryville, KY 40468 Boyle County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 40.63', W 84° 58.286'

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— The Battle for Kentucky October 8, 1862 —

Maney's Confederates immediately discovered the lethal danger of attacking the eight Union cannon on top of the ridge in front of you. The Confederates sought cover behind a split-rail fence, but the Union artillery shattered the rails, killing and wounding scores of soldiers. The Confederate attack slowed and then stopped.

With bullets smashing against the remaining wooden rails, the Confederates traded gunfire with Union infantry. As casualties mounted, the Southern officers knew their men had to take the hill. If they attempted a retreat, they would be cut apart by the Union artillery. Urging their men forward, the officers crossed the fence to lead a renewed charge.

The intensity of the Union defense atop this steep slope stopped the Confederates again, only halfway to their objective. Lying down to escape the deadly fire, Maney's men desperately loaded and fired their one-shot muskets as best they could.

[As] soon as the fence was reached, in full view of the battery, such a storm of shell, grape, canister, and Minie balls was turned loose upon us as no troops scarcely ever before encountered. Large boughs were torn from the trees; the trees themselves shattered as if by lightning, and the ground plowed in deep furrows.
Confederate Lieutenant Colonel William Frierson
27th Tennessee Infantry

[We] come to a high fence at the edge of the woods, at which time it seemed impossible for humanity to go farther, such was the havoc and destruction that had taken place in [our] ranks.
Confederate Colonel George C. Porter
6th Tennessee Infantry
HM NumberHMVA6
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Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 8:11pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 678890 N 4171933
Decimal Degrees37.67716667, -84.97143333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 40.63', W 84° 58.286'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 40' 37.80" N, 84° 58' 17.16" W
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Area Code(s)859
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1997-2013 Park Rd, Perryville KY 40468, US
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