2019 Battle of Perryville Reenactment
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 scripted to those movements.
The Cornfield: Saturday 2:00 PM
This scenario simulates the events that took place at approximately 2:00 PM on Wednesday, October 8th, 1862. While General Daniel Donelson’s brigade was moving forward into attack position, Brigadier General William R. Terrill’s Union Brigade was in the process of forming their line on the “Open Knob”. Maney’s Brigade, assisted by Wharton’s Cavalry, attacked with vigor, rolling over Terrill’s regiments as they arrived on the field piecemeal.
The Fight for Bottom’s Barn: Sunday 1:00 PM
This battle scenario simulates the events that took place at approximately 3:00 PM on Wednesday, October 8th, 1862. Since about 10:00 in the morning, William H. Lytle’s brigade had taken up position on the right flank of Union 1st Corps commanded by General Alexander M. McCook. The 3rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, supported by the 15th Kentucky infantry, were positioned in Henry P. Bottom’s barn yard overlooking Henry Bottom’s House. Since there appeared little threat to their front, another regiment, the 42nd Indiana, was sent forward to the semi-dry bed of Doctor’s Creek to rest, boil some coffee, and fill their empty canteens in the drought-stricken area. Suddenly, the calm was broken by a fusillade of Confederate artillery shot and shell landing all around. Soon after, two heavily supported Confederate Infantry brigades came out of the woods and attacked towards the 3rd Ohio and the 15th Kentucky, driving the hapless 42nd Indiana in a panic from the creek bed.
The Confederates had problems too. Bushrod R. Johnson’s Confederate brigade was assigned to attack this area. The Confederates became mixed and disorganized by the cliffs along the creek, just to the north of the road as well as other terrain features.
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Battle of Perryville Reenactment on the first full weekend of October at the Perryville Battlefield in Perryville, Kentucky.
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