The following summary of the battle is from the Civil War Trust's website:
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
149th Anniversary of the Battle of Mill Springs
Today is the 149th anniversary of one of those Civil War battles that has several names. This engagement in Pulaski County, Kentucky, near the town of Somerset, is probably best known as the Battle of Mill Springs, but it was also called the Battle of Logan's Crossroads and the Battle of Fishing Creek. Several interesting personalities participated in the battle, which was fought in a cold rainstorm. Union General George Thomas, who would go on to win fame for his defensive stand at the Battle of Chickamauga, and decisive win at the Battle of Nashville, commanded the Northern forces. Confederate general, Tennessean Felix Zollicoffer was killed here, allegedly by Kentuckian Speed Fry. Fry would later become a general and would issue the infamous order to expel USCT soldiers' families from Camp Nelson in the winter of 1864, causing numerous deaths. In overall command of the Confederate forces was George Bibb Crittenden, son of Kentucky senator John J. Crittenden, and brother to Union general Thomas L. Crittenden.