The Cornfield

The Cornfield (HMVA9)

Location: Perryville, KY 40468 Boyle County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 40.579', W 84° 58.419'

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— The Battle for Kentucky October 8, 1862 —

During the Battle of Perryville, a field of ten-foot high cornstalks, brown and dry from a severe drought, covered this valley. Obscured among the corn, 800 members of the 21st Wisconsin Infantry Regiment waited. In the army for less than a month, many of these new recruits had never before fired their rifles.

It must have been a terrifying experience. For more than an hour they listened as Terrill's brigade battled Maney's soldiers for control of the hill above the field. Then, as the roar of battle crested the ridge, Terrill's panicked, retreating soldiers burst through the corn. While many found the courage to hold their ground, some of the Wisconsin soldiers blended with Terrill's brigade and fled.

As the Confederates advanced, Union troops positioned on the hill in front of you fired indiscriminately into the field. Victimized by bullets from both armies, the Wisconsans fired only once before retreating. During the brief, chaotic struggle, most of the officers from the 21st Wisconsin were killed or wounded.

With the Union soldiers driven from the cornfield, Maney's brigade continued their attack toward Starkweather's Hill.

After the belt of woods was passed, we entered a cornfield, the enemy followed sharply and their bullets cut stalk and leaf and rattled the kernels from the drooping ears beside us, every now and then claiming a victim.
Union soldier Albion Tourgee
105th Ohio infantry
HM NumberHMVA9
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 3:13am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 678696 N 4171834
Decimal Degrees37.67631667, -84.97365000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 40.579', W 84° 58.419'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 40' 34.74" N, 84° 58' 25.14" 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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