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I have never been to Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site but I hope to some day. I haven't been to Kentucky yet and from what I have heard, Perryville is one of the best preserved CW battlefields. According to the ABT,if they are able to acquire this property then 90-95% of the Perryville Battlefield will be preserved. That's almost unheard of for a major CW battle. I kicked in $64 and got the book with maps and tour. There is a nice little video at the bottom of the page about the tract they are trying to obtain. I think they will. The amount of money they need to raise is small compared to other projects they have been successful with.

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There is still a huge chunk of land to be saved where the battle began in the early morning of October 8th on the Peters Hill complex (Sheridan's Division), and realistically some land where Wheeler skirmished on October 7th and 8th, but really the local groups, citizens, and Trust can truly be proud of their efforts at Perryville!

If anyone wants a tour, I can do full day and multi-day tours, including visits to some private lands, including the only cemetery in the United States that the US government paid for a monument to Confederate soldiers (so I have been told).
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If anyone wants a tour, I can do full day and multi-day tours, including visits to some private lands, including the only cemetery in the United States that the US government paid for a monument to Confederate soldiers (so I have been told).
You're on and you saying that just might make me try to get there sooner. I would love to tour Perryville with @Buckeye Bill too.
 

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If they can acquire this land it will be great but likely go unnoticed, because happily the land so far remains untainted by development so that there would be little necessary in the way of restoration or tear-downs. The Kentucky State Battlefield Park was begun around the mentioned Confederate Cemetery and is therefore the location of the Visitor Center. Nothing of importance occurred right on that particular land during the battle, though it was passed over by attacking Confederate troops, much like the parcel here. Fortunately, in relatively recent years the scenes of the heaviest fighting have already been preserved and protected.

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You're on and you saying that just might make me try to get there sooner. I would love to tour Perryville with @Buckeye Bill too.
Maybe it's too early, but we haven't as yet discussed where the 2020 Gathering should take place! (And this is an October battle, too.)
 

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If they can acquire this land it will be great but likely go unnoticed, because happily the land so far remains untainted by development so that there would be little necessary in the way of restoration or tear-downs.
True...and you can see that in the video on the ABT website. But...it would/will be very noticed by those who like to walk the ground. I can visualize myself doing that on a Fall or early Spring tour.
 

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True...and you can see that in the video on the ABT website. But...it would/will be very noticed by those who like to walk the ground. I can visualize myself doing that on a Fall or early Spring tour.
Spring or fall would definitely be preferable; when @mkyzzzrdet and I were there it was beastly HOT despite how nice the photos look! The battle was fought during a severe drought and the troops were actually fighting over pools of stagnant water in Doctor's Creek. Happily, at least it wasn't that bad during our visit so we were able to take a number of the trails!

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Spring or fall would definitely be preferable; when @mkyzzzrdet and I were there it was beastly HOT despite how nice the photos look! The battle was fought during a severe drought and the troops were actually fighting over pools of stagnant water in Doctor's Creek. Happily, at least it wasn't that bad during our visit so we were able to take a number of the trails!

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Nice pictures. The scant reading I have done on Perryville mentioned the dry conditions.
 
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Maybe it's too early, but we haven't as yet discussed where the 2020 Gathering should take place! (And this is an October battle, too.)
Maybe we should plan for it now then? I am up for getting the tour portion together, and could pull another tour guide or two in. I also can recommend places to stay and eat. https://ohioatperryville.blogspot.com/p/visitors-guide.html

A fall tour would be ideal. Weather is better, less heat, and as the battlefield is nearly all open, little shade for hot summer days.

Let's make it happen!
 

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Maybe we should plan for it now then? I am up for getting the tour portion together, and could pull another tour guide or two in. I also can recommend places to stay and eat. https://ohioatperryville.blogspot.com/p/visitors-guide.html

A fall tour would be ideal. Weather is better, less heat, and as the battlefield is nearly all open, little shade for hot summer days.

Let's make it happen!
It sounds good to me, but we should probably wait until after this October's Vicksburg event in order to gain a consensus; one likely problem will be a preference of many of our members in favor of Eastern locales - witness our first two at Gettysburg. Since last year was Chickamauga and now Vicksburg, many will probably want to return East; but we will see!
 

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It sounds good to me, but we should probably wait until after this October's Vicksburg event in order to gain a consensus; one likely problem will be a preference of many of our members in favor of Eastern locales - witness our first two at Gettysburg. Since last year was Chickamauga and now Vicksburg, many will probably want to return East; but we will see!
There's nothing that says a handful of us can't get together anytime we want to.
 

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I have never been to Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site but I hope to some day. I haven't been to Kentucky yet and from what I have heard, Perryville is one of the best preserved CW battlefields. According to the ABT,if they are able to acquire this property then 90-95% of the Perryville Battlefield will be preserved. That's almost unheard of for a major CW battle. I kicked in $64 and got the book with maps and tour. There is a nice little video at the bottom of the page about the tract they are trying to obtain. I think they will. The amount of money they need to raise is small compared to other projects they have been successful with.

https://www.battlefields.org/give/save-battlefields/save-128-acres-perryville-battlefield
Perryville is wonderfully preserved. The majority of the ground is pretty much as it was during the battle. Part of the reason for this is that the battlefield is remotely located, not near any major cities. And as the State of Kentucky owns the battlefield, they allow the annual reenactment to take place on the actual ground.
 

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Nice pictures. The scant reading I have done on Perryville mentioned the dry conditions.
There was a severe drought in the summer and fall of 1862, and soldier accounts state that Doctor's Creek was dried up, with only small little pools of brackish water from all the minerals in the rocks. These pools were covered over with thick, green scum that had to be cleared away. I visited the Perryville battlefield in the summer of 2002, and there was a severe drought in the Midwest that summer, and upon reaching Doctor's Creek, it was dried up, with small pools of scum covered water, just as the soldiers described it in 1862. I can't tell you how excited I got seeing those same conditions.
 


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