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Perryville in Boyle County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Dye House

Perryville

 

—The Battle for Kentucky October 8, 1862 —

 
The Dye House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
1. The Dye House Marker
Inscription. In 1860, a forty-three year-old farmer named John Dye lived here with his wife, Elizabeth, their four children, and six slaves. The 120-acre farm produced hay, corn, and wheat, and the family also had a few cows, horses, and mules.

Two years later, the Battle of Perryville struck. Confederate General Simon Bolivar Buckner commandeered the house as his headquarters and most of the Confederate army passed by the house as they deployed to attack the Union right flank, which was located about a mile in front of you. After the battle the house was a hospital. Stains that appear to be bloodstains still remain on the upstairs floor.

Union troops remained at the house for several weeks after the battle. One day, the seventeen-year-old Martha Dye went upstairs to get some flour to bake bread. As she descended the stairs, a Union soldier refused to step aside to let her pass. Martha promptly dumped the flour over the soldier’s heads.

Another soldier allegedly proposed marriage to the fifteen-year-old Ruth Dye, but she refused his proposal.

Simon Bolivar Buckner was born in Hart County, Kentucky, on April 12, 1823. an 1864 West Point graduate, Buckner taught there for one year before serving in the Mexican War. Immediately before the Civil War, Buckner was adjutant general of Kentucky and led the State
The Dye House image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
2. The Dye House
Guard. Appointed brigadier genera1 in the Confederate army, Buckner fought at Fort Donelson, where he surrendered the Confederate army after his superiors fled the fort. Captured there and later exchanged, Buckner negotiated the surrender of the Union garrison at Munfordville, Kentucky, before leading a division at Perryville. Later in the war he fortified Confederate positions at Mobile, Alabama, and fought at Chickamauga. After the conflict, Buckner was the editor of the Louisville Courier and was elected governor of Kentucky in 1887. A vice-presidential nominee in 1896, he died near Munfordville, Kentucky, on January 8, 1914. He is buried in Frankfort, Kentucky.

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Erected by The Southern and Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association (SEKTDA).
 
Location. 37° 
The Dye House image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 31, 2012
3. The Dye House
39.835′ N, 84° 57.387′ W. Marker is in Perryville, Kentucky, in Boyle County. Marker can be reached from Battlefield Road (Kentucky Route 1920) 0.6 miles north of Hays Mays Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Perryville KY 40468, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Perryville (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kirkland Home (approx. 0.7 miles away); Bottom House (approx. ¾ mile away); Baptism of Fire (approx. 0.8 miles away); The H. P. Bottom House (approx. 0.8 miles away); The 15th Kentucky Infantry (US) (approx. 0.8 miles away); Lumsden's Battery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Assault from the Bottom House (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Perryville.
 
More about this marker. On the lower left is a photograph of "The Dye House c. 1898. The women are members of the Leonard Family."

On the upper right is a portrait of "Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner"
 
Also see . . .
1. Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site. Kentucky State Parks (Submitted on August 23, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Perryville. Civil War Trust (Submitted on August 23, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. Perryville. CWSAC Battle Summary (Submitted on August 23, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

4. Southern and Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association (SEKTDA). (Submitted on August 23, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,136 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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