Act of Mercy

Act of Mercy (HMVAD)

Location: Perryville, KY 40468 Boyle County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 40.425', W 84° 58.493'

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— The Battle for Kentucky October 8, 1862 —

The Battle of Perryville was a fierce fight for the members of the 79th Pennsylvania Infantry. Fighting in these fields, this unit suffered 40 killed, 146 wounded, and 30 missing. This represents a loss of more than fifty percent of the regiment.Among the casualties was William Woodward of company D. Shot in the left side by a Confederate "buck and ball" round (containing a round bullet and three smaller pieces of buckshot), Woodward was shot through the chest and lost a finger and part of his ear.

Woodward's canteen was empty, and for more than ten hours he lay near here, thirsty and bleeding from his multiple wounds. Late that night, a Confederate soldier from the 41st Georgia found Woodward and gave the wounded Pennsylvanian a drink of water.

When the Confederate discovered that Woodward's canteen was empty, the Southerner gave Woodward his full canteen and took Woodward's empty one. After this act of mercy, the Confederate departed. Woodward survived the battle and the war.

"I myself was unfortunate enough to be shot through the left leg?hauled five miles this morning to Antioch Church?and thrown out in a pile like wood?I lay for six days out under a white oak tree, with my wound dressed once."
Adam S. Johnson, 79th Pennsylvania Infantry

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Marker Number9-A
Placed BySouthern and Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association (SEKTDA)
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Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 12:49am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 678594 N 4171547
Decimal Degrees37.67375000, -84.97488333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 40.425', W 84° 58.493'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 40' 25.50" N, 84° 58' 29.58" W
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Area Code(s)859
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2665-2753 Whites Rd, Perryville KY 40468, US
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