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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
The first thing you will need to do is choose the side you will fight for, or if a civilian impression might be what you want to do. I would highly recommend actually finding the unit you wish to join before buying anything! Most units will have a person in charge, or at least a list, to instruct new recruits on what to purchase and where to purchase it. If you go out and buy a lot of equipment that is not right for the particular unit you will be representing, you will have wasted a lot of money. Hopefully, you will want to be as authentic as possible and wearing a uniform or carrying equipment that is incorrect will ruin your impression.
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.