Civil War History: The Battle of Perryville

It’s rumored that the reenactment of the Battle of Perryville will contain the largest number of participants to date, and it’s happening this weekend in Perryville, Kentucky!

The Battle of Perryville was fought on October 8, 1862, and it is widely referred to as “The Battle for Kentucky” because Kentucky was a major border state that both the Confederacy and the Union desired to capture. This battle is considered to be one of the bloodiest battles during the Civil War, and while there are multiple opinions on the outcome of the war, the Union forces managed to retain control of Kentucky for the remainder of the war.


This photo is from the 2015 153rd Commemoration of The Battle of Perryville, and it’s only a glimpse of what you’ll be able to experience when you visit the battleground.  If you would like to learn more about ticket prices or see more photos  from past reenactments, visit!

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