Battle of Salyersville

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Battle of Salyersville (or Ivy Point Hill)
Part of the American Civil War
Date April 13–14, 1864
Location Salyersville, Magoffin County, Kentucky
Result Union victory
Belligerents
 Confederate States of America  United States of America
Commanders and leaders
Colonel Ezekiel F. Clay Colonel George W. Gallup,
Colonel C. J. True
Strength
3rd Kentucky Mounted Rifles (1000) Sub-District of Eastern Kentucky, reinforcements (4 regiments total)
Casualties and losses
24 killed and wounded, 50 captured unknown

The Battle of Salyersville, also called Battle of Ivy Point Hill, was the largest of the many skirmishes in Magoffin County, Kentucky, during the American Civil War.

In April 1864, Confederate Colonel Ezekiel F. Clay led his regiment of mounted infantry on a raid to Kentucky. He was opposed by the forces of the Sub-District of Eastern Kentucky under Union Colonel George W. Gallup, consisting of the 14th Kentucky Infantry and 39th Kentucky Infantry, and reinforcements under Colonel C. J. True consisting of the 40th Kentucky Infantry and the 11th Michigan Cavalry. On April 13, 1864, the Confederates attacked the Union position at Paintsville, but Colonel Gallup's 750 men held their position. On April 14, combat was renewed, and the Confederates were driven to Salyersville with heavy losses. Colonel Clay was wounded and captured along with a significant part of his command, 100 horses and 200 stand of arms.

References[edit]

  • The war of the rebellion: a compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate armies. / Series 1 - Volume 32 (Part III), especially pg. 393.

Coordinates: 37°44′41″N 83°04′51″W / 37.74472°N 83.08083°W / 37.74472; -83.08083