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Perryville Battle Commemoration 2016
The Fight for the Bottom’s Farm
October 8-9, 2016

To participate in the 2016 Battle Commemoration please visit

To check and see your registration information - click here.

TRAFFIC NOTE: US 150 and US 68 will be closed for approximately 1 hour on Friday October 7 around 7:45 p.m. for the downtown Perryville parade.

Please adjust your travel schedules or stop off in downtown Perryville and enjoy the atmosphere!

Battle of Perryville Advance Discount Tickets on Sale Now

The Kentucky Department of Parks will offer advance tickets to the annual commemoration of the Battle of Perryville Oct. 8-9. Advance sales will be available online through Oct. 5.

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Soldiers with the Western Brigade set up their camps as re-enactors prepared for the Battle of Perryville reenactment for 2006. Photo by DAVID STEPHENSON LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER

Most of Perryville Battlefield is preserved with latest 70-acre purchase

Reprinted from The Lexington Herald-Leader

By Greg Kocher

The Civil War Trust on Monday said it has preserved three properties totaling 70 acres associated with the 1862 Battle of Perryville.

Some of the Boyle County land was purchased as the result of a national fund-raising campaign conducted by the Trust earlier this year, and some acreage was donated by a private property owner. With the addition of these 70 acres on the northern part of the battlefield, the Trust has helped save 1,027 acres at Perryville, the site of Kentucky’s largest and bloodiest Civil War battle.

“Complete preservation of a battlefield is the Civil War Trust’s ultimate goal, the finest example of our mission at work,” said Trust President James Lighthizer in a release. “This victory at Perryville brings us within spitting distance of finishing our work there. Thanks to the generous contributions of our members, future generations of Americans will have the opportunity to visit this site and reflect on the sacrifices made.”

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Thanks for helping The Civil War Trust preserve Perryville Battlefield.

Battlefields are part of our national heritage, scenes of struggle and sacrifice where American soldiers lost their lives. The Civil War Trust is working to preserve these “hallowed grounds,” as Abraham Lincoln called them, so that future generations can learn from them and can learn to appreciate their hard-won freedom.

Database of Perryville Casualties Now Available Online

Centre College Class Helps Park With Project

PERRYVILLE, Ky. – With the help of a class from Centre College, Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site now has a digital database of more than 5,800 soldiers who died, were wounded or went missing during the largest Civil War battle in Kentucky. Click here to access the database.

Split Rail Drive

Split Rails help Define the Space! We are making real progress on our Split Rail Drive! We are almost half way there! Please help! The fences were terrible obstacles that the soldiers had to overcome as they advanced across the landscape. Our mission will help return the park’s landscape to its appearance at the time of the battle as well as define those spaces where men struggled and died for our nation.

You can help build a battlefield by purchasing a split rail. The rails will be purchased from the West Virginia Split Rail Company at $8.50 per rail. This includes the shipping!

Please send your donation of $8.50 per rail to:
Friends of Perryville Battlefield
P.O. Box 296
Perryville, KY 40468


Blue & Gray Education Society Sponsored Interpretive Panel Project Complete!


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The Friends of Perryville partnered with the Blue Gray Education Society to provide the funding to replace over 24 interpretive panels currently on the trail system. The panels were in a very deteriorated condition and many of them were not legible.  This effort began over two years ago when the Blue Gray Education Society made an offer to partner with the Friends and help raise the funds to replace the signs.  It has been a tremendous success and we can happily report that the final sign order has been placed and the panels should arrive and be installed at the park within the next couple weeks!  Huzzzahhh for all those who made the effort to help on this project! We also want to acknowledge the park staff who spent countless hours working on the text and images – especially Kurt who went above and beyond duty to get this project finished!


Video from the 150th Battle Commemoration that aired previously on Small Town Big Deal is nor available on


Perryville Battlefield Named to USA Today Top Ten List




Tell Your Kentucky Civil War Story

A blog site to share your stories - sponsored by Kentucky Tourism

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Phone App

The Perryville Phone App that was recently completed by Ball State University is now available on both the Apple/itunes Store and the Google Play Store for Android.

This great project was a partnership between Ball State University, Perryville Battlefield and the Friends of Perryville.

PB Phone App Master

Perryville: Then & Now
An Interview with Kurt Holman

Walking Trails Map
of Perryville Battlefield

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Please support the Nature Plate Program. Nature Plate Funds were used to purchase the  Coyle Tract that is on US 150


Learn More about Perryville Battlefield Preservation

Learn More about the Civil War in Kentucky

Here at our website you can learn more about the Friends of Perryville, make a donation to battlefield preservation and learn ways you can volunteer and help out with projects and events at the Battlefield.

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