PERRYVILLE - Union Capt. Wayne Peters and 1st Sgt. Frank Wells laid down their weapons and took up chain saws and axes Saturday. The Civil War re-enactors left their blue uniforms in the closet and put on their blue jeans to join more than 50 volunteers at a cleanup of Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site.
"We feel a part of preserving history," said Wells, who along with Peters belongs to the 14th Kentucky Light Artillery unit. "It's important to preserve history (because) it's so easy for it to be erased ... paved over for a shopping mall."
On Saturday what stood between an accurate depiction of history and volunteers was a grove of trees. The battle was fought on Henry P. Bottom's farm on Oct. 8, 1862. At that time historians believe the farm was clear of trees. Not far from the war museum there are opposing cannons on top of two hills.