Perryville in Boyle County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
The Battle of Perryville
A sharp clash occurred on October 7 in order to gain possession of the only water supply in the vicinity.
The opposing armies took their positions along a north-south battle line three miles in length. This part is located at the northern end of the battle line and it was here, at 2 o'clock on the afternoon of October 8, 1862, that a fierce charge from the Confederate's right wing by General John A. Wharton's cavalry marked the beginning of the battle. This initial charge is depicted in the painting before you.
After the gray cavalrymen had opened the way, the entire Confederate right wing charged up this very hill against the union extreme left wing. Confederate casualties were heavy as they crossed a rail fence into the open field and into the heavy firing from Lieutenant Charles C. Parson's battery of eight guns on the hill. Even so, the impetuous Confederate charge was too much for the Union troops and they were forced to retreat.
During the time the fighting had become general along the entire line. By nightfall when the fighting ceased, the advantage seemed to be in favor of the Confederates. Of the 16,000 Confederates engaged, 1,822 casualties were sustained. The Federals, who had only
General Buell had expected the battle to resume the following morning. However,General Bragg realizing that he was greatly outnumbered began a midnight retreat to Harrodsburg. After waiting four days to reorganize, the Union army pursued General Bragg but allowed the Confederate Army to escape and finally withdraw into Tennessee from Kentucky through Cumberland Gap.
Thus, the Battle of Perryville ended the major Confederate invasion of Kentucky.
Location. 37° 38.963′ N, 84° 57.098′ W. Marker is in Perryville, Kentucky, in Boyle County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South Buell Street (U.S. 68) and West Third Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker has been moved from its original location on the battlefield (37.67645,-84.970236) and is now located in front of the Perryville Police Department. Marker is at or near this postal address: 502 South Buell Street, Perryville KY 40468, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bragg's Invasion of Kentucky (here, next to this marker); The City of Perryville (a few steps from this marker); “If You Meet the Enemy, Overpower Him” (within Perryville in the Crucible of War (within shouting distance of this marker); Merchants' Row / Street Fighting (within shouting distance of this marker); Perryville (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Settlement of Perryville (about 500 feet away); Karrick-Parks House / Harberson's Station (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Perryville.
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