Around Town: Magazine features Battle of Perryville

September 28, 2003|ANNABEL GIRARD

The Battle of Perryville can be seen in full color in the fall issue of Keeneland magazine.

Mary Quinn Kerbaugh Ramer covers the history of the October, 1862 battle that was fought in and around Perryville. Re-enactment pictures taken by Kirk Schlea captures the excitement of the battle.

Ramer said her interest in Perryville dates back to college "I have been researching, studying and working on the history of Perryville since College."

While working on last year's National Re-enactment, one of her responsibilities was soliciting sponsorships and one of those came from Keeneland, which has a race called "The Perryville."


The Keeneland folks mentioned she should do an article about the battle for the magazine.

"So, this summer I did."

There is also a profile of Henry Bottom. His land "became the heart of the Battle of Perryville."

"Uncivil Grounds: The Battle for Kentucky, 1862" uses Abraham Lincoln's quote "I hope to have God on my side, but I must have Kentucky" to show the importance of the battle, which was the site of the most intense fighting on Kentucky soil during the Civil War.

The Danville High School graduate continues to live here. She works for Preston-Osborne public relations in Lexington.

Golden Lion profiled

Also profiled in the Fall issue of Keeneland is the Golden Lion, the Danville bed and breakfast run by Jerry and Nancy Jones.

Fans of the artichoke

Morgan and Richard Pate have become such fans of the artichoke that they are busy raising them in Sequim, Wash.

Morgan is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Durrett of Boyle County. She was known here as Sherri.

The Pates' artichoke operation was written about in the Sequim Gazette. They were attracted to the community by the town's sunshine and elk, the article said.

The article talks about how artichokes were something neither had tasted growing up. However, once each had a taste, they thought artichokes were wonderful.

Yield has gone from six artichokes per plant to up to 60 per plant this year. That amounts to about 50,000 artichokes from one acre. They plan to have five acres of artichokes.

One of the advantages of living in Sequim is that the crop grows year round.

When she's not growing artichokes, Morgan is a lawyer practicing part time.

It helps to cross the right bridge

I've finally come to that bridge. You know, the one you have to cross when you get to it. It really helps if you cross the right bridge.

On Sept. 14 I wrote about High Bridge.

However, it wasn't High Bridge between Jessamine and Mercer counties I should have been writing about. The effort to save a railroad bridge is about Young's High Bridge that runs from Woodford to Anderson county. I certainly learned something. It also explains why a caller said that trains were still traveling over the High Bridge from Jessamine into Mercer county and vice versa.

On top of that, I took a birth date for a bridge building date. There was no suspension bridge started in 1793. That was the birth year of the man who financed an 1850 attempt that ended because of lack of funds. His contribution was documented in a plaque on the towers. I pulled the date thinking it was the date the bridge was started. Those towers have since been torn down.

However, as far as I know at the moment, the information was accurate about the testing of the bridge in 1877 and again in 1911 when it was strengthened. And we're talking about High Bridge, not Young's High Bridge.

The devil is in the details.

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