Dixville Crossroads

Dixville Crossroads (HMVAR)

Location: Perryville, KY 40468 Boyle County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 40.153', W 84° 58.902'

  • 0 likes
  • 0 check ins
  • 0 favorites
  • 397 views
Inscription

Perryville

— The Battle for Kentucky October 8, 1862 —

During the Battle of Perryville, the Dixville Crossroads, the intersection in front of you, was a crucial tactical point on the battlefield.

Here, the Benton Road (now called Whites Road), which runs to Dixville in Mercer County, intersects the Perryville-Mackville Road (now Hayes May Road). On October 8, 1862, this was the key intersection of the battle. All of the Union supply wagons were parked behind you. These important supplies nearly fell into Confederate hands.

Had the Confederates captured and held this intersection, the entire Union First Corps would have been cut off from the rest of the Union army, which was posted west and south of Perryville. Fortunately for the Northern troops, Union reinforcements commanded by Colonel Michael Gooding arrived late in the day by marching from the west of town down the Benton Road (to your right) and to this intersection.

Gooding's brigade suffered heavily to hold this key point. Gooding lost one-third of his men and he was wounded and captured. The battle essentially ended around this intersection.

The day after the battle, local physician Jefferson J. Polk toured the battlefield. Walking from his house in downtown Perryville and out the Mackville Road, Polk reached this spot. What he witnessed he clearly remembered when he wrote his autobiography in 1867. Polk described the scene near this intersection:

"I passed on northward, and saw on either hand dead men and dead horses, canteens, muskets, cartridge-boxes, broken ambulances, coats, hats, and shoes, scattered thick over the ground. I reached Mr. Russell's white house?Here was the center of the great battle. The house was dotted over with hundreds of marks of musket and cannon balls. All around lay dead bodies of soldiers?In a skirt of woods close by were scattered hundreds of dead of both armies?The ground was strewn with soiled and torn clothes, muskets, blankets, and the various accouterements of the dead soldiers. Trees not more than one foot in diameter contained from twenty to thirty musket-balls and buck-shot, put into them during the battle?I counted four hundred and ten dead men on a small spot of ground. My heart grew sick at the sight?I saw dead rebels pile dup in pens like hogs. I reached my home, praying to God that I might never again be called upon to visit a battle-field."

The Southern and Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association (SEKTDA) is the sole owner of this panel.
To receive more information on SEKTDA and its programs call toll free (877-TOURSEKY) or visit our website at www.tourseky.com.
Details
HM NumberHMVAR
Tags
Marker Number24
Placed BySouthern and Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association (SEKTDA)
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 6:36pm PDT -07:00
Pictures
Sorry, but we don't have a picture of this historical marker yet. If you have a picture, please share it with us. It's simple to do. 1) Become a member. 2) Adopt this historical marker listing. 3) Upload the picture.
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 678003 N 4171031
Decimal Degrees37.66921667, -84.98170000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 40.153', W 84° 58.902'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 40' 9.18" N, 84° 58' 54.12" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)859
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2147-2483 Whites Rd, Perryville KY 40468, US
Alternative Maps Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap

Is this marker missing? Are the coordinates wrong? Do you have additional information that you would like to share with us? If so, check in.

Nearby Markersshow on map
Check Ins  check in   |    all

Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.

Comments 0 comments

Maintenance Issues
  1. Is this marker part of a series?
  2. What historical period does the marker represent?
  3. What historical place does the marker represent?
  4. What type of marker is it?
  5. What class is the marker?
  6. What style is the marker?
  7. What year was the marker erected?
  8. This marker needs at least one picture.
  9. Can this marker be seen from the road?
  10. Is the marker in the median?