Defense of Parsons' Ridge

Defense of Parsons' Ridge (HMVA7)

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° 58.361'

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— The Battle for Kentucky October 8, 1862 —

Union Brigadier General William Terrill was nearly panic-stricken. To his surprise, thousands of Confederates swarmed over the fields in front of you, moving toward the Federal lines. The shouts of attacking Southern troops and the crescendo of gunfire echoed among these hills. Terrill's soldiers, mostly new recruits, were still maneuvering into position as they faced the terror of their first battle.

Terrill ordered the eight cannon on this ridge to fire into the Confederate ranks. As the ground shook from the cannon blasts, Confederate troops suddenly appeared at a split-rail fence at the base of the hill. Fearful that his artillery would fall into enemy hands, Terrill ordered a bayonet charge by the 123rd Illinois Infantry. It was a poor decision. Outnumbered, they were driven back with heavy casualties.

Even with reinforcements, Terrill's inexperienced men could not withstand the persistent Confederate attackers who had now leapt the fence. Seasoned by battle, the Confederates determinedly loaded and fired, forcing the Federals from the hill and delivering a brutal initiation to the horrors of warfare.

...[T]he rebels had the start of us by two rounds while we were forming and loading our pieces. There was no cessation of was a perfect hail storm of balls all the time.
Union soldier Bliss Morse
105th Ohio Infantry

Most of the bullets went over our heads, and sounded like a swarm of bees running away in the hot summer air overhead.
Union Major James A. Connolly
123rd Illinois Infantry
HM NumberHMVA7
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Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 6:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 678779 N 4171930
Decimal Degrees37.67716667, -84.97268333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 40.63', W 84° 58.361'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 40' 37.80" N, 84° 58' 21.66" W
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Area Code(s)859
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2755-2783 Whites Rd, Perryville KY 40468, US
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