Battle of Perryville re-enactment will be staged Oct. 4-5

September 24, 2003

PERRYVILLE - The annual re-enactment of the pivotal Civil War clash of the Battle of Perryville will be staged Oct. 4-5 at Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site.

One of the park system's most colorful special weekends, the Battle of Perryville includes battle re-enactments at 2 p.m. both days, as well as period demonstrations, Civil War music, a period church service, and sutlers.

Other features include a re-enactment of the Lincoln-Davis debate, scheduled for 3 p.m. Oct. 4, and cricket games from 9-11 a.m. Oct. 5.

A number of guest speakers will add perspective to the event. Kirk Jenkins, author of "The Battle Rages Higher," will outline the history of the 15th Kentucky Union Regiment, whose first engagement was at Perryville.


Historian Susan Hughes will discuss how Kentucky women contended with the horrors of battle.

At 11 a.m. Oct. 5, visitors can take part in "Ghost Walks," during which living history interpreter Mandy Dick will tell spooky tales of Civil War-era ghosts.

Throughout the weekend, escorted, narrated tours of the battlefield will be conducted.

The Perryville community will observe the event with a variety of activities, including historic tours and a parade.

Admission is $3 per car, $15 per bus. Visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, because of the park's uneven terrain.

More information is available from Danville/Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-755-0076 or on the Web at

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