Kentucky Tourism

Battle of Perryville Commemoration

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Experience 1862 during the re-enactment of the Battle of Perryville and watch history unfold before your eyes. Perryville Battlefield is a National Historic Landmark and on October 8 and 9, 2016, join us to witness the very struggles of those who fought on the hallowed grounds where they engaged. 

A wide variety of educational and entertainment opportunities are scheduled throughout the weekend. Walk among authentic encampments, listen to period music, nosh on food, watch cavalry demonstrations and living history programs, even meet Civil War book authors.



Tickets for the Battle of Perryville can be purchased at the gate.
$20 for adults 
$15 for seniors (62 and older) & children ages 6-12
$10 for current and former members of the military    

Battle for "The Cornfield"

Saturday, October 8, 2016
The main Confederate attack of the Perryville centered around the cornfield. The Confederates pushed the Union defenders back 650 yards further until they were finally stopped.

Click here for more information! Adobe PDF Document

NEW for 2016!

Battle for the H.P. Bottom Farm

Sunday, October 9, 2016
Two regiments held the extreme right of the Union line.  Being attacked by twice their number, the barn caught fire.  The heat and smoke forced the Yankees back, but not before they lost almost half of their men.

For a more in-depth description of this battle, click hereAdobe PDF Document

Note: This ground has not been used since the original battle and is made possible by the Civil War Trust.

Ghost Walks with 'S.H.O.C.K.'

Friday & Saturday evenings
Advanced ticket purchase begins at 6 p.m. at the museum and the big shelter.
Cost: $20 per person (NOT recommended for children under 12)
Click here to order tickets on-line!

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.

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 teen-aged 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.

Visitor Resources

Civil War Trust web site.

Perryville Civil War Battlefield web site.

Kentucky Tourism's Civil War Trails web site.