October 8-9, 2016
Join us for the Battle of Perryville, a two day event involving hundreds of re-enactors who camp, drill and provide demonstrations of military life during the Civil War. Daily battle reenactments taking place on original land; wide variety of sutlers and food vendors, artillery & cavalry demonstrations, period music & entertainment, Civil War authors, antique show and more!
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.
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
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.