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Perryville battlefield State Historic Site will again play host to the re-enactment of the largest battle of the Civil War in Kentucky Oct. 11-12.
The two-day event will include demonstrations of infantry, cavalry and artillery, along with authentic campsites, battleground tours and expert speakers. The highlight each day will be a 2 p.m. battle.
The re-enactment commemorates the most destructive Civil War battle in the state which left more than 7,600 killed, wounded or missing. The park museum tells of the battle that was the South’s last serious attempt to gain possession of Kentucky. The battlefield is one of the most unaltered Civil War sites in the nation; vistas visible today are virtually those soldiers saw on that fateful day in 1862.
Other program features for the weekend include Ruth Hill Fulton McAllister, who has published a new edition of Co. Aytch, written by her great grandfather, Confederate soldier and Perryville veteran Sam Watkins (Saturday at 11 a.m.); a program on the Ghosts of Perryville (Saturday at 5 p.m.), and several presentations throughout the weekend related to Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday bicentennial is next year.
Admission is $10 per carload, $15 per van and $20 for a bus. Visitors should be prepared to walk by wearing comfortable shoes. They should also bring a chair and allow time to get to the park and battlefields due to the crowd.
For more information about the re-enactment weekend and schedule, visit http://www.perryvillereenactment.org/
Perryville Battlefield is 45 miles southwest of Lexington. Take US 68 west to US 150 west.