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Perryville, Kentucky

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David Ross Erickson
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Perryville, Kentucky

Post by David Ross Erickson » Tue March 15th, 2011, 1:26 pm

Every fall (the first weekend of October, IIRC) there is a huge Battle of Perryville reenactment on the original battlefield in central Kentucky. Perryville was a mid-sized American Civil War battle in 1862. What makes this event so special is how involved the entire community is in pulling it off. Perryville has little changed in the last 150 years. In fact, part of the town, called Merchant's Row, has not changed at all. When we were there in 2002, many events took place in town in conjunction with those on the battlefield, making for a pretty immersive historical experience.

Every year, some different battle scenario is reenacted. In 2002, the main event was the Confederate attack on the cornfield (which is faithfully planted every year). Quite a spectacle.

When you're there, you should also check out the nearby restored Fort Harrodsburg, which has Daniel Boone and George Rogers Clark connections.

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