PERRYVILLE, KY – Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site will commemorate the anniversary of the largest Civil War battle in Kentucky during the weekend of Oct. 4-5.
The weekend will include military demonstrations at 2 p.m. both days. There will also be speakers, living history interpreters, interaction with the soldiers in camp life demonstrations, antique and period vendors and food vendors. A special program on the “Life of the Soldier,” focusing on camp life, will be conducted both days. The park museum will also be open.
Admission for this event is $10 per person; children 10 and under are free. Gates open at 9 a.m. both days. Guests should expect to walk and may want to bring chairs.
Spirit Hunters of Central Kentucky (as seen on the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures”) will conduct a paranormal investigation on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Call the park at 859-332-8631 for tickets. The cost is $20 per person; not recommended for children under 12.
The Battle of Perryville on Oct., 8, 1862, was the largest and bloodiest engagement of the American Civil War fought within Kentucky’s borders. Thousands of soldiers were engaged in a desperate battle that left nearly 7,500 men killed and wounded. The significance of the battle was considerable and not only affected the state, but also the nation. The engagement was a Confederate victory. However, Southern forces were unable to maintain a military presence in the state and eventually withdrew into Tennessee. The initial battlefield victory ultimately turned into a tactical loss as Union forces occupied the state thereafter.
Perryville Battlefield is 45 miles southwest of Lexington. Take U.S. 68 West to U.S. 150 West. For more information about Perryville and the events planned for Oct. 4-5, visit www.perryvillebattlefield.org. For more information about Kentucky State Parks, visit www.parks.ky.gov.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges — more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov.