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The Battle of Perryville
October 8, 1862
On October 7, the Federal army of Maj. Gen. Don Carlos Buell, numbering nearly 55,000, converged on the small crossroads town of Perryville, Kentucky, in three columns. Union forces first skirmished with Rebel cavalry on the Springfield Pike before the fighting became more general, on Peters Hill, as the grayclad infantry arrived. The next day, at dawn, fighting began again around Peters Hill as a Union division advanced up the pike, halting just before the Confederate line. The fighting then stopped for a time. After noon, a Confederate division struck the Union left flank and forced it to fall back. When more Confederate divisions joined the fray, the Union line made a stubborn stand, counterattacked, but finally fell back with some troops routed.
Buell did not know of the happenings on the field, or he would have sent forward some reserves. Even so, the Union troops on the left flank, reinforced by two brigades, stabilized their line, and the Rebel attack sputtered to a halt. Later, a Rebel brigade assaulted the Union division on the Springfield Pike but was repulsed and fell back into Perryville. The Yankees pursued, and skirmishing occurred in the streets in the evening before dark.
Union reinforcements were threatening the Rebel left flank by now. Bragg, short of men and supplies, withdrew during the night, and, after pausing at Harrodsburg, continued the Confederate retrograde by way of Cumberland Gap into East Tennessee. The Confederate offensive was over, and the Union controlled Kentucky.
Kentucky Civil War Sesquicentennial
150th Commemoration of the Battle of Perryville
October 5-7, 2012
CS Commander S. Chris Anders (Southern Division)
US Commander Chad Greene (Western Federal Blues)
Event Information Coming Soon
The Kentucky Department of Parks
The Friends of Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site
100% of the proceeds from this event will go toward land preservation!
What’s there to do in Perryville, KY at the Battlefield?
Hiking Trails: 10 miles of self-guided walking trails. Picnicking & Playground: Picnic shelter with rest-
rooms, tables, grills, and a playground.
The Perryville Commemoration: The annual event, occurring every October, features authentic weaponry, clothing, campsites, and demonstrations of infantry, artillery, cavalry, and a civil war reenactment. Visit www.perryvillereenactment.org
Living History Activities: With costumed interpreters throughout the year, based on availability.
Museum: Battle artifacts, a Civil War display, and a map with the layout of the battle.
Gift Shop: Features Kentucky handcrafts, souvenirs, and a large selection of Civil War books.
Monuments: Monuments from several states, honoring their fallen dead from the Perryville Battle, dot the battlefield site. A Confederate monument was erected in 1902. A Union monument went up in 1931.
1825 Battlefield Road
Perryville, KY 40468-0296
FYI – Perryville Battlefield is 45 miles southwest of Lexington. Take US 68 west to US 150 west.
Annual Battle of Perryville
Re-enactment Schedule for the next 10 years -
Visit the reenactment site for more information: http://www.perryvillebattlefield.org
- 2011: October 1 – 2
- 2012: October 6 – 7
- 2013: October 5 – 6
- 2014: October 4 – 5
- 2015: October 3 – 4
- 2016: October 1 – 2
- 2017: October 7 – 8
- 2018: October 6 – 7
- 2019: October 5 – 6
- 2020: October 3 – 4
- 2021: October 2 – 3