On October 8, 1862, cannon explosions shattered the rural peace of this tranquil countryside and the death moans of young soldiers. Perryville became the site of the most destructive Civil War battle in the state which left more than 7,600 killed, wounded or missing. The Perryville Battlefield park museum tells of the battle that was the South’s last serious attempt to gain possession of Kentucky.
Jeff Shaara, author of the guidebook Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields: Discovering America's Hallowed Ground
, lists Perryville Battlefield as one of the 10 great Civil War places to visit. His national review appeared in USA Today
This Kentucky battlefield is one of the most unaltered Civil War sites in the nation; vistas visible today are virtually those soldiers saw on that fateful day in 1862. A self-guided walking tour on the battlefield interprets battle events. This is one of the stops along Kentucky's Lincoln Heritage Trail.
Dawn till dusk.
Open April 1 - October 31
November through March by appointment only.
Adult ― $4.00
Adult Group (10 or more) ― $3.50
Child ( 7 to 12) ― $3.00 (6 and under FREE)
Child Group (10 or more) ― $2.50
Military & Senior discount - $3.50
2016 Tours: By Park Manager Kurt Holman
These will be detailed, personalized guided tours given over various parts of the battle and, comparing the actual history to what will be seen during the upcoming 154th anniversary reenactment on October 8th and 9th, 2016.
The tours will begin at 10:00AM. There is no extra charge for the tour. The only charge will be the Museum admission which is $4.00 per person.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Kurt Holman Biography
From early childhood, Kurt Holman’s Grandmother told him stories about her own grandfather’s service in the Civil War, and how he was wounded in the battle of Second Manassas on August 30, 1862. When he came to Kentucky from Iowa in the spring of 1981 to work for his father in Danville, Kentucky, he could not stay from the Perryville Battlefield. Given his life-long interest in the Civil War, he was drawn to this battlefield, since there were no Civil War battles in Iowa.
Mr. Holman initially attended the University of Iowa and finished his BA degree at Centre College in Danville on the Dean’s List with a Major in History. He then went to work for the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort and, became the Manager of the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site in the summer of 1989. He had started the study of the Battle of Perryville almost a decade before.
When he became the manager, he brought with him a small box of files containing copies of primary sources from the battle. This resource has since grown to fill a five-drawer filing cabinet. The park consisted of 98 acres in 1989, and aside from the museum, had virtually no interpretation of the battle. The park now encompasses 750 acres and, along with the additional 310 acres owned by the Civil War Trust
, the Perryville Battlefield has over 1,063 acres open to the public, including twenty miles of interpretive trails and more than 50 interpretive signs. In 2010, Mr. Holman was awarded the Carrington Williams Battlefield Preservationist of the Year by the Civil War Trust. Since he has been at Perryville, the Museum has been renovated and updated three times.
Always focused on the sacrifice of the men who fought and died here, Mr. Holman has compiled a database (click here to view
) of 5,824 names of the approximately 7,600 casualties of the Battle of Perryville and continues to add to it as more names are discovered.
He has assembled and transcribed all of the surviving after-action reports of the battle and, where appropriate, attached relevant testimony from the “Buell Court of Inquiry”. He has also compiled a database of the original owners of the battlefield land.
Mr. Holman’s current project is transcribing all of the primary source data into electronic, editable text to better facilitate an understanding of the original terrain features as well as make the information better available to future generations.
Kurt is married with one teenaged son. His hobbies include the study of 19th century infantry tactics, the subject of which he has had a few published articles, historic firearms, general military history, and genealogy.
Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site Resources
With the help of a class from Centre College, Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site now has a digital database
of more than 5,800 soldiers who died, were wounded or went missing during the largest Civil War battle in Kentucky. Click here
to search the database and learn more.