Visiting the Battle of Perryville.

major bill

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I am starting to give some thoughts about possible places to visit next spring. Dispite Kentucky being a one day drive, I have never visited the Battle of Perryville. If I was to opt to go there, I might want to read a book or two about the battle.

I would also want to study up on other things to see in the general area. Are there museums and such that I could send two days in that part of Kentucky? Is a single day a good amount to visit the Battle of Perryville site?
 

SJU

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I was there last November and purchased Perryville: This Grand Havoc of Battle at the visitor center. The author is Kenneth Noe. The book thoroughly covers the battle.

It's a beautiful park with great trails and a small visitor center. Once or twice a day there is a walking tour of part of the field. The tour is excellent.

There are several nearby Lincoln related sites including his birthplace. This photo was taken there.

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major bill

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Being retired, I will have to wait and see what my retirement income will allow me to do this spring. I can not control the COVID situation and thus can not control what museums and such will be open in the spring. Still it might be fun to visit Kentucky. I like tree covered mountains, so find Kentucky a very beautiful state.

It is not too early to start reading books about the Civil War in Kentucky. What will I be out if in the end I do not go to Kentucky?
 

redbob

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Besides Perryville, just down the road you have the Battles of Richmond and Mill Springs. Also, in Frankfort, they have a rather interesting museum with a number of artifacts-there are also a number of military museums in Bardstown. And then, there is always the Bourbon Trail...
 
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I was there last November and purchased Perryville: This Grand Havoc of Battle at the visitor center. The author is Kenneth Noe. The book thoroughly covers the battle.

It's a beautiful park with great trails and a small visitor center. Once or twice a day there is a walking tour of part of the field. The tour is excellent.

There are several nearby Lincoln related sites including his birthplace. This photo was taken t
I second the vote for Kenneth Noe's book.
In nearby Springfield there is this: https://parks.ky.gov/springfield/parks/historic/lincoln-homestead-state-park.
Bardstown https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bardstown,_Kentucky has a lot of history to explore.
Also Harrodsburg https://www.kentuckytourism.com/harrodsburg/harrodsburg, with Old Fort Harrod, the nearby Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill.
Danville https://www.danvillekentucky.com/see-do/history/ is another town with lots of history, civil war and otherwise.
Nicholasville has Camp Nelson https://www.nps.gov/cane/planyourvisit/things2do.htm
These towns are all in easy driving distance of each other. I'm told Covid is bad in these areas so for sure you want to take this trip next spring or summer. I think you will find a lot to see and do!
 
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