Division Commander Phil Sheridan skirmishes with Confederate regiments from Arkansas in search of water in the dry area west of the small town of Perryville, Kentucky.

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The Third Army Corps of the Army of the Ohio, commanded by Major General Charles Gilbert was located west of the town of Perryville and the southernmost of the three corps that comprised the Army of the Ohio, commanded by Major General Don Carlos Buell.


A source of water for the troops was Doctor Creek and in the distance was Peter’s Hill, which was occupied by the 7th Ark. of Brig. General St. John Liddell’s brigade (the First Brigade), of Major General Simon Buckner’s Division (the Third Division) of General Braxton Bragg’s Army of the Mississippi.


General Phil Sheridan, commander of the Eleventh Division of the Third Army Corps, commanded by Major General Charles Gilbert, ordered Col. Daniel McCoy’s 36th Brigade to clear Peter’s Hill. The Confederates from Arkansas fell back across Bull Run Valley to Bottom Hill.

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