"Perryville Battlefield State Park, Kentucky" Perryville Battlefield State Park by Stephen-KarenConn

Having always had a strong interest in the War Between the States, I've never missed an opportunity to visit a major battlefield of that conflict. This Un-civil War of 1861-1865 was the defining moment in the history of the United States of America.

The Battle of Perryville, with about 38,000 troops involved and 7,607 casualties, was the largest battle of The War to be waged in the border state of Kentucky. Although it is lesser known than other battles which were fought nearer the eastern population centers, some historians say Perryville may have been as crucial as Gettysburg in deciding the ultimate outcome of the War for Southern Independence.

Perryville is in a sparsely populated rural area and for that reason it is one of the most pristine battlefields of the entire War. The land looks much as it did on that fateful day, October 8, 1862, when so many brave men died here fighting for the right as they saw it.

My visit to Perryville was much more than just a sightseeing trip. It was a pilgrimage. Two of my great, great uncles, James Walter Conn and John Thomas Conn, fought here with the Georgia 41st Volunteer Infantry, defending their Confederate homeland from Northern aggressors. John Thomas was captured. James Walter, one of the people for whom I am named, was counted as missing. No doubt he is one of the hundreds of unknown Confederate dead who lie buried on this hallowed ground.

  • Last visit to Perryville Battlefield State Park: Jun 2007
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  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Dec 10, 2007 at 11:15 AM

    Nice look at an important, but little visited battlefield of the Civil War.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2007 at 12:25 PM

    A captivating account of what happens when wars take place. Excellent job of re-creating the atmosphere of this savage battle too. When I was 17 at the height of the Cold War, I remember thinking another shooting war was due soon and I would be dead by 27

  • sswagner's Profile Photo
    Jun 20, 2007 at 7:45 AM

    Stephen--another great page about a vital part of our history. The commentary is great, and I learned something new today about the past.

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Jun 20, 2007 at 7:28 AM

    I really liked the way you linked your family history into your tips, I always find reading history more interesting if there is a personal story rather than just facts and figures.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jun 18, 2007 at 7:11 AM

    A heartfelt tribute to your uncles and to your beloved South, Stephen. A compelling chronicle that is poignant and memorable. Scrupulous attention to detail; loved your use of quotes. Vivid descriptions and frank commentary. Ardent, touching, & admirable.

  • goingsolo's Profile Photo
    Jun 14, 2007 at 5:02 PM

    A poignant and well written page. I wasn't familiar with this battle and was touched by the personal history aspect. Looking forward to reading the rest. Thanks for sharing.

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