|Compared to battles fought later in the war, Middle Creek produced very light casualties. Though more than 3,000 participated in the fight, only fifteen men were killed.
Union losses at Middle Creek were three killed and eleven wounded. Private Nelson Boggs of the 14th Kentucky was killed during the battle, and Privates Frederick Coffin and William Gaudier of the 42nd Ohio died several days later.
Confederate losses, according to Marshall’s official report, were ten killed and fourteen wounded. The casualties suffered by the 5th Kentucky Infantry were as follows:
Asberry, John B. Co. F Fleming County Killed
Cox, George Co. C Bath County Killed
Jones, Wm. W. Co. H Bath County Killed
Porter, Levi Co. D Carter County Killed
Emmons, James Co. C Fleming County Wounded
Launders, Moses Co. C Fleming County Wounded
McFall, James Co. C Lawrence County Wounded
Stafford, James Co. D Morgan County Wounded
Winn, Robert Co. D Morgan County Wounded
Six men of the 29th Virginia were killed, including John Pickett, Oscar Pickett, William Bowers, Leftwich Patton, Stanford L. Jessee, and George McReynolds. Private Nathaniel Cook of Company A, 1st Battalion, Kentucky Mounted Cavalry, was also killed. A wounded Confederate soldier who survived the battle but died a day later is buried in the Gearheart Cemetery on the Joseph Gearheart Farm near Hueysville, where the Confederates camped during their retreat from Middle Creek. His name and regiment are not known. In other words, our records show that at least twelve Confederates died during or after the battle, notwithstanding Marshall's claim to the contrary.
|A Desperate Fight,
But Few Casualties
|"Garfield Drives Humphrey
Marshall Out Of Kentucky"
--illustration in John Clark Ridpath's The Life and Works of James A. Garfield (Jones Brothers, 1881).
|Middle Creek Main Page
Why They Fought Here
The Opposing Commanders
The Confederate Waiting Game
The Artillery That Failed
The Union Command Post
The Confederate Command Post
The Union Assault
Monroe's Bayonet Charge
The Mount Sterling-Pound Gap Road
The John M. Burns House
The Samuel May Farm
The Middle Creek Foundation
|Colonel George W. Monroe
Colonel Ezekiel F. Clay
Colonel Lionel A. Sheldon
Colonel Don A. Pardee
Colonel Hiram Hawkins
Colonel John S. Williams
Colonel Alfred C. Moore
Colonel George W. Gallup
Dr. Stephen M. Ferguson
|Regimental Colors of the 42nd
Ohio Infantry, courtesy of the
Ohio Historical Society
|Regimental Colors of the 5th
Kentucky Infantry, C. S. A.