Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site is a 745acre park near Perryville in Boyle County, Kentucky. An interpretive museum is located near the site where many Confederate soldiers killed in the Battle of Perryville were buried. Additionally, monuments, interpretive signage, and cannons mark notable events that occurred during the battle. The site became part of the Kentucky State Park System in 1936.Use our Perryville trip builder site to visit Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site on your trip to Perryville, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
The battle was fought on October 8, 1862, between the Union Army of the Ohio, commanded by Maj. Gen. Don Carlos Buell, and the Confederate Army of Mississippi, commanded by Gen. Braxton Bragg. The battle was a tactical victory for the Confederates, but a strategic victory for the Union because Bragg withdrew his army from the Kentucky, which remained in Union hands for the remainder of the war.
Perryville's homes and farms were left in shambles by the battle. Henry P. "Squire" Bottom, a slave-owning Unionist on whose farm a significant portion of the battle was fought, suffered losses of pork, corn, hay, and wood to Union soldiers who remained in the area for weeks after the fighting. During the battle Bottom also had significant damage to his farm, including the loss of a substantial barn filled with hay that burned completely due to artillery fire from a Confederate battery. Other accounts note that nearly all residents of the area suffered some losses as well as having their homes and outbuildings used as field hospitals.
Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site Reviews
We went on a rather warm day so to go walking around in the fields from one marker to another was not happening especially with all of the flies. They are still working on trying to get the battlefiel... more »
I had seen this place on a episode of Ghost Adventures so I wanted to check it out. I love Civil War history but didn’t know much about this battle. Go to the museum and see the documentary first. Tra... more »
If you enjoy your Civil War history this place is a little gem to check out. I have visited close to Perryville several times a year for 20 years and never knew this was here. Great little museum and knowledgeable employees. A nice little 1 mile walking tour really tops it off. Well worth the trip!
This is a must visit for the Civil War enthusiast. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable, and the museum, though small, is one of the most interesting and well put together I've had the pleasure of visiting. The battlefield itself is very moving to walk. Signs help give you a better understanding of the events that took place in that area.
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