PERRYVILLE - More than 140 years after Kentucky's largest battle was fought outside of Perryville, the clatter of cavalry hooves and the rumble of Civil War-era artillery will again be heard at the Perryville battlefield. On April 34, more than 300 Civil War reenactors and 20 cannon are expected to attend a cavalry drill and artillery training session at the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site.
Sponsored by the Kentucky Cavalry Brigade, the event will include a large cavalry drill (based on 19th century military techniques), hands-on demonstrations, and a night firing of artillery to be held at dusk on Saturday, April 3. This event is open to the public and is expected to be one of the largest reenactor cavalry drills to be held in the nation this year.
"This reenactor training camp is a wonderful way to kick off the Park's annual opening," said Kurt Holman, manager of the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site. "We hope to do this every year on the first weekend of April."