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Perryville Battlefield


Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site Resources

Click here to visit the Perryville Civil War Battlefield website.

Click here to visit the Friends of Perryville website.

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.

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 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 in USA Today.

The 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.

Hours of Operation

Park Grounds
Open all year.

Museum/Gift Shop
Closes November 27th.
Open December through March by appointment only.

Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site
1825 Battlefield Rd.
Perryville, KY 40468
Phone: (859) 332-8631
Park Manager: Kurt Holman

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