"Everything has a story behind it." Those are the words of Suzanne Boyd, one of the sutlers at the Perryville Commemoration and Reenactment Saturday. Sutlers were the merchants who sold supplies to soldiers that their armies didn't provide.
Boyd and her brother, Dorris Boyd, are from Christian County and travel from battlefield to battlefield to sell everything from handmade lanterns and folding chairs to period clothing.
"Every year I learn something different," said Suzanne. "I love the history behind all this stuff." She holds up a nightcap worn by soldiers to "keep their
ears warm." But right before battle, the soldiers would place their money in the top of the cap and fold it over, then put their uniform cap on top of it. She said if soldiers were wounded during battle and a thief tried going through their pockets looking for money, they wouldn't find anything because it would be under their hats.