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2019 Battle of Perryville Reenactment

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The Battle of Perryville Reenactment on October 5-6, 2019 at the Perryville Battlefield in Perryville, Kentucky features Civil War battles, historical tours, living history encampments, ghost walks, a parade, street dancing, open fire cooking, picnics, a craft fair and flea market. Read the entire article.

Battle of Perryville Reenactment

Unlike other events, at the Battle of Perryville Reenactment, you will be on actual ground that the armies of North and South engaged to determine the destiny of Kentucky! Your military leadership is experienced and their primary responsibility is to you and making sure you have an outstanding time while representing and honoring those who fought at Perryville!

Perryville Battlefield is a nationally significant Civil War site. Although Confederate forces were victorious on the battlefield at Perryville, the Rebels eventual evacuation of the state forever lost Kentucky’s resources and men for the Confederacy. The Confederate loss of Kentucky along with Lee’s loss at Antietam set the stage for Abraham Lincoln to change the cause and course of the war. We strive to educate the visiting public on the key role that Perryville played in the Civil War. The battle would settle Kentucky’s allegiance as well as help to define national politics which forever changed our nation.

Recreating small sections of the original engagement during the Battle of Perryville Reenactment is one form of interpretation used by Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site to fulfill its mission of preserving and interpreting history.

The Battle of Perryville Reenactment takes place on the first ‘full’ weekend of October, including Friday – Sunday. There will be an all day unscripted tactical on Friday, a sunrise battle and “The Cornfield” on Saturday. The “Fight for the Bottom’s Farm” occurs on Sunday afternoon. (Detailed battle descriptions are included in the information on this page.)

Adult: $4.00; Adult Group (10 or more) $3.50
Child ( 7 to 12) $3.00 (6 and under FREE); Child Group (10 or more) $2.50
Military & Senior discount $3.50

Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site
1825 Battlefield Road
Perryville, KY 40468

For More Information: 859-332-8631

Battle of Perryville Reenactment Mini-Gallery

Reenactor and Visitor Information
For detailed reenactor information (artillery, cavalry, infantry), civilians and sutlers, refer to the Official Website and select the navigation buttons labeled for the information you need.

Who can participate in the Battle of Perryville Reenactment and where do we camp?
Everyone who has an impression that meets the guidelines may participant either as a military or civilian reenactor. You may participate with a reenactment unit, mess or as an individual. There will be camping areas for campaigners, fixed military camps, and an authentic civilian area. There will be a mixed camp for civilians and military camping together. There is no modern camping on the park. Due to the nature of the Battle of Perryville Reenactment we cannot permit walk-ons.

Battle of Perryville Reenactment Hosting Organization
The Kentucky Department of Parks is hosting the event. The military organizations that are responsible to the Kentucky Department of Parks are the Western Federal Blues, and the Southern Division. They successfully planned and executed the 150th Anniversary Event and we are pleased to have them put forth the time, trouble and expense to help us raise much needed preservation funding for the battlefield.

Battle of Perryville Reenactment scenarios?
It is very easy to plan the scenarios for Perryville. The generals wrote them 150 plus years ago. The park historian has each army’s movement broken down into 15 minute increments and the scenarios will be scri