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13Jun

The Battle of Perryville
October 8, 1862

Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg’s autumn 1862 invasion of Kentucky had reached the outskirts of Louisville and Cincinnati, but he was forced to retreat and regroup.

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.

 


17May

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

Hosted by:
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!


17May

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

859-332-8631

FYI – Perryville Battlefield is 45 miles southwest of Lexington. Take US 68 west to US 150 west.

 


17May

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




1Jul

Ghost tours start this weekend in historic Perryville
By DAVID BROCK
dbrock@amnews.com
PERRYVILLE — A town with Perryville’s history is bound to have its share of things that go bump in the night. Starting Friday, people can try to get in touch with the spooky side of the little city on the Chaplin River.

Terry Goode is starting Haunted Perryville, a tour that combines history with ghost stories about a town that has plenty of both.

“I have had this in mind for a great while and have really been thinking hard about it for the last two years,” Goode said. “It didn’t seem possible until I just decided to go ahead and do it. I want to give people a lot of Read more…




19Mar

Celebrate Ky.’s valuable role in the Civil War

By David Trimble

Published: Thursday, March 18, 2010 6:13 AM EDTI have received the great honor, to me at least, of being appointed, along with Georgetown College professor Dr. James Klotter, as a Commissioner to serve on the Commonwealth of Kentucky Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. The twenty-four members of the Commission are tasked to Read more…