Perryville Under Fire: The Aftermath of Kentucky's Largest Civil War Battle (Civil War Series)

Perryville Under Fire: The Aftermath of Kentucky's Largest Civil War Battle (Civil War Series)

Stuart W. Sanders

Language: English

Pages: 160


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The Battle of Perryville laid waste to more than just soldiers and their supplies. The commonwealth's largest combat engagement also took an immense toll on the community of Perryville, and citizens in surrounding towns. After Confederates achieved a tactical victory, they were nonetheless forced to leave the area. With more than 7,500 casualties, the remaining Union soldiers were unprepared for the enormous tasks of burying the dead, caring for the wounded, and rebuilding infrastructure. Instead, this arduous duty fell to the brave and battered locals. Former executive director of the Perryville Battlefield Preservation Association Stuart Sanders presents the first in depth look into how the resilient residents dealt with the chaos of this bloody battle and how they rebuilt their town from the rubble leftover.

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fair state of mortification.” Leaving Bardstown three hours later, they traveled eight miles and were fed coffee and meat. Again, Hupp could not sleep at all during the night. On the morning of October 15, Hupp wrote, “My wound became very sore, not being washed or dressed once since that fight; I could hardly stand to ride and felt very much exhausted.” He was given wine and whiskey and finally reached Louisville at 7:00 a.m. on October 16, eight days after the battle. The wagons did not stop,

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tactical victory there could not save his doomed campaign, and the Southern commander faced an overall strategic defeat. Perryville was, therefore, as historian Lowell Harrison wrote, the “high-water mark of the Confederacy in the West.” Never again would a western Confederate army push so far northward, and never again would the Rebels have the chance to influence congressional elections to bring Peace Democrats to power. Had the Confederates succeeded in Kentucky and advanced into Indiana or

of our fire.” Hatchitt added that the Confederates’ use of “buck and ball” rounds, consisting of one large musket ball and three smaller pieces of buckshot, added to the large number of Union casualties.22 A comparison to more recent battles involving American troops illustrates how Perryville involved a large number of casualties in a short period of time. During the Second World War, the Pacific island battle of Tarawa was judged to be one of the U.S. Marines’ hardest-fought battles. In this

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