Donelson's Advance

Donelson's Advance (HMVAI)

Location: Perryville, KY 40468 Boyle County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 40.395', W 84° 58.145'

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— The Battle for Kentucky October 8, 1862 —

When Donelson's brigade moved into this valley, they were met with a deadly surprise. The rolling terrain had prevented the Confederates from seeing all of the Union troop positions. When the Confederates reached this valley, they became trapped in a deadly crossfire as Union artillery fired at them from both the west and the north.

Shells exploded overhead and cannonballs crashed into the Southern lines, but the brigade surged forward. Casualties were horrible from the crossfire, and the accurate fire from the two Union batteries spun the Southern troops into confusion. Donelson's lines wavered and changed direction twice. The unexpected artillery barrage nearly ended Donelson's advance.

Although the fire from two Union artillery batteries had killed and wounded dozens of soldiers and had caused chaos in the Southern lines, the Confederates reformed and continued their attack. Pressing the Union soldiers, Donelson's brigade drove a Union infantry regiment out from behind a fence and continued westward up the valley.

I ascertained from the fire of another battery of the enemy's further on our right that I did not have the proper direction. I accordingly gave orders for a charge...
Confederate Brigadier General Daniel Donelson
Brigade Commander
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Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 10:28pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 679106 N 4171502
Decimal Degrees37.67325000, -84.96908333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 40.395', W 84° 58.145'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 40' 23.70" N, 84° 58' 8.70" W
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Area Code(s)859
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2665-2753 Park Rd, Perryville KY 40468, US
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