Perryville Battlefield State Park Travel Guide

  • Perryville Battlefield State Park
    by Stephen-KarenConn
  • Perryville Battlefield, Kentucky
    Perryville Battlefield, Kentucky
    by Stephen-KarenConn
  • Street Fighting:  Historical Marker
    Street Fighting: Historical Marker
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Perryville Battlefield State Park Things to Do

  • Four Brothers go off to War

    "The real causes of dissatisfaction in the South with the North, are in the unjust taxation and expenditure of the taxes by the Government of the United States, and in the revolution the North has effected in this government, from a confederated republic (a voluntary union of states) to a national sectional despotism."Charleston Mercury...

  • Parsons' Ridge

    "...the Ground around was slippery with blood, many a poor dark looking powder begrimed Artillery man was lying stretched out upon the ground around us, torn and mutilated, their countenances plainly indicating the awful manner of their death."Union Captain Robert B. Taylor It was up the steep blood stained slope of Parsons' Ridge that John and...

  • Confederate Cemetery

    The muffled drum's sad roll has beat The soldier's last tattoo; No more on Life's parade shall meet That brave and fallen few. On fame's eternal camping ground Their silent tents to spread, And glory guards, with solemn round The bivouac of the dead. Theodore O'HaraAs a stood all alone, gazing over the Confederate Cemetery at Perryville I felt a...

  • The Cornfield

    "After the belt of woods was passed we entered a cornfield, the enemy followed sharply and their bullets cut stalk and leaf and rattled the kernels from the drooping ears beside us, every now and then claiming a victim."Union Soldier Albion TourgeeOhio 105th InfantryAt the time of the Battle of Perryville a field of ten-foot-high cornstalks, brown...

  • Turner's Battery

    "I immediately opened ... fire on them at a distance of 250 or 300 yards, with canister, and continued it with shell and spherical case as the enemy retired."Confederate 1st Lieutenant William B. TurnerTurner's Mississippi Battery When General Maney's Confederates came to the fence pictured in the last tip, and saw the Union battery on top of...

  • Union Army Monument

    "I’ve been through two wars and I know. I’ve seen cities and homes in ashes. I’ve seen thousands of men lying on the ground, their dead faces looking up at the skies. I tell you, war is hell!"Union General William T. ShermanUnion troops at the Battle of Perryville suffered 889 killed, 2,965 wounded and 433 missing, for a total of 4,287 casualties....

  • Perryville Battlefield Visitor Center

    "I think to lose Kentucky is nearly the same as to lose the whole game."President Abraham LincolnThe logical place to start any visit to Perryville Battlefield State Park is at the Museum and Visitor Center.Here you will find an information desk staffed by helpful people, maps and a gift and book shop. There is also a very informative video about...

  • Starkweather's Hill

    "Such obstinate fighting I never had seen before or since. The guns were discharged so rapidly that it seemed the earth itself was in a volcanic uproar. The iron storm passed through our ranks, mangling and tearing men to pieces.... Our men were dead and dying right in the very midst of this grand havoc of battle."Confederate Private Sam...

  • The Battle is Joined: Maney's Attack

    "... [ As] soon as the fence was reached, in full view of the battery, such a storm of shell, grape, canister and minie balls was turned loose upon us as no troops scarcely ever before encountered. Large boughs were torn from the trees, the leaves themselves shattered as if by lightning, and the ground ploughed in deep furrows.Confederate...


Perryville Battlefield State Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Baril Park

    Baril Park, with an entrance off South Buell Street, includes a very pretty shaded boardwalk along the Chaplin River, which separates the old and newer sections of the town of Perryville. Plan a little extra time to take a stroll here and read the many interpretative signs which tell not only of the Battle of Perryville, but also other interesting...

  • Perryville Merchant's Row

    Although the Battle of Perryville was fought primarily in the countryside, some of the conflict spilled over into the town. As it was in 1862, Perryville is still a very small community and well off the beaten path. Therefore, I will place my tips for the town in this section.The old part of the town of Perryville, along South Buell St., is known...

  • Street Fighting in Perryville

    The area of downtown Perryville saw a limited amount of street fighting during the great Battle of Perryville, when Confederate troops retreated into town, pursued by Federals. The 21st and 38th Illinois regiments drove the Southerners over the shallow Chaplin River and took a position along Merchant's Row.Several Confederate prisoners were...


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  • The Confederate Flag

    When the Confederate States of America were first formed in 1861, the flag pictured here was the first flag of the new nation. It is the flag properly known as the "Stars and Bars," The circle of seven stars represents the first seven states that seceded from the Union. This is the flag under which the Confederate troops fought at Perryville. Flags...

  • Why Did They Fight?

    In war the victors write the history, and the politically correct version of America's Civil War heard most often today is that the North fought to free the slaves in the South. Virtually no serious historian believes that, but many average citizens do. The Conn family owned no slaves to my knowledge. Their ancestors, and mine, most likely came to...

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