How many soldiers fought and died at the 1862 Battle of Richmond?
According to information compiled by Battle of Richmond Association (BORA) Past President Linda Ashley, 500 Union troops and 260 Confederates were casualties in the Aug. 29-30 conflict.
Those who died will be honored Thursday, Aug. 30, (tomorrow) during a Service of Remembrance at Mt. Zion Christian Church. The 7 p.m. service is open to the public.
Ashley, who has spent countless hours exploring a multitude of available records, has found verification of the 760 total deaths. She hopes that additional research will reveal names and information on others who may have died.
A list of the casualties are contained in a special program insert that will be available at the Thursday evening service.
The Service of Remembrance will feature music by violinist Callie Northern and remarks by Madison County Historic Properties Director Phillip Seyfrit.
At the conclusion of the service, a ceremonial rifle volley and the playing of Taps by the Madison County Veterans Association is scheduled just outside the church.
A light reception will follow.
The Sons of Union Veterans will provide a Federal Color Guard with a Confederate Color Guard provided by the 6th Kentucky Confederate Cavalry.
Initial records, used for many years, indicated that 4,300 Union were taken prisoner and more than 1,000 were either killed or wounded.
On the Confederate side, records show the loss of only 128 men — 118 who were killed and 10 listed as missing in action.
Initial figures indicate that some 6,500 Union troops were involved in the battle with Southern forces numbering approximately 6,600.
The Battle of Richmond was the second largest Civil War battle in Kentucky and was the most decisive and complete Confederate victory of the entire war.
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