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Reenactment Info

Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, 1825 Battlefield RD, Perryville, KY, will hold its annual Civil War battle re-enactment October 2-3, 2010 with a special emphasis on horses. The battles are at 2pmET/1pmCT, each day. The weekend will feature two battles at the park, which preserves the location of the largest Civil War battle in Kentucky that took place in 1862. Admission is $10 per carload, $15 for passenger vans and $25 for buses. Admission includes an antique show with vendors. The theme for the Perryville re-enactment will be “Horse Soldiers: Cavalry in the American Civil War.” There will be expert speakers on cavalry, cavalry demonstrations and museum exhibits focusing on horses. Military camps, battlefield tours and other living history displays will also be a part of the weekend. (Some tours and the park museum have an additional charge.) The keynote speaker is Ken Knopp, an authority on Civil War cavalry and author of “Saddle Makers of the Confederacy” and “Confederate Cavalry and Horse Equipment.” He will speak at noon on Saturday. The re-enactment commemorates the most destructive Civil War battle in the state, which left more than 7,600 killed, wounded or missing. The newly renovated park museum tells of the battle that was the South’s last serious attempt to gain possession of Kentucky. The battlefield is one of the most unaltered Civil War sites in the nation; vistas visible today are virtually those soldiers saw on that fateful day in 1862. Guests should be prepared to walk and bring comfortable shoes and a chair. Allow for plenty of time to arrive due to crowds and traffic.

3 Responses to “Reenactment Info”

  1. Linda HornakNo Gravatar says:

    This year I finally visited the Perryville Battlefield, something I have wanted to do for a long while. I am interested in returning for the 2011 reenactment. Can you tell me for when it is scheduled?
    Thank you.

  2. BobNo Gravatar says:

    October 1-2, 2011, Linda.

    The complete schedule for the next ten years can be found at:

  3. Julie K RobinsonNo Gravatar says:

    Enjoyed your website about the Battle of Perryville reenactments. My G-Grandfather, Benjamin Hezekiah King, was in the 5th Wisconsin Battery. He made some notes in a book referencing the Battle of Perryville in 1862…

    “I was Gooding’s Brigade Bugler and in this fight rode with the Coln. several times the length of the Brigade and delivered orders from him to the Colns of the 22d Ind – 59” & 75” & 113 (?) Regts, our Brigade Regiments. Coln Gooding’s horse was shot and he was captured a few rods from me after dark when we were forced back.”

    Ben King
    Chattanooga, TN
    May 1864
    5th Wisconsin Battery
    2d Div, 14th Army Corps
    “Army of the Cumberland”
    Maj Genl. G. H. Thomas
    (Old Pap, “Slow Trot”)

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