Perryville in Boyle County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
The City of Perryville
—The Battle for Kentucky October 8, 1862 —
Perryville was incorporated as a city on January 17, 1817. It was named in honor of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, a War of 1812 naval hero and victor of the Battle of Lake Erie. Buell Street (which runs behind you) was originally the city’s Main Street, and in the 1830s and 1840s a commercial center called Merchant’s Row (today the 300 and 400 blocks of South Buell Street) grew along the Chaplin River.
By 1860 Perryville numbered approximately 350 residents. The Battle of Perryville on October 8, 1862, forever changed this small Kentucky town and remains the definitive event in its history. Union and Confederate infantry fought in the streets, and several buildings were struck by artillery fire or burned. Wounded from both sides sought shelter in the city, and Perryville served as a hospital for several months after the engagement. After the war Perryville’s streets were renamed for Union and Confederate generals.
Perryville continued to prosper into
Erected by The Perryville Enhancement Project and the Louisville Civil War Roundtable.
Location. 37° 38.952′ N, 84° 57.099′ W. Marker is in Perryville, Kentucky, in Boyle County. Marker is at the intersection of South Buell Street (U.S. 68) and West Third Street, on the left when traveling south on South Buell Street. Touch 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. “If You Meet the Enemy, Overpower Him” (here, next to this marker); Perryville in the Crucible of War (a few steps from this marker); Bragg's Invasion of Kentucky (a few steps from this marker); The Battle of Perryville (a few steps from this marker); Merchants' Row / Street Fighting (about Karrick-Parks House / Harberson's Station (about 400 feet away); First Settlement of Perryville (about 400 feet away); Perryville (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Perryville.
More about this marker. On the upper left is “The official seal of Perryville”.
In the center is a map of “Perryville as it existed in 1876”.
On the upper right is a portrait of “Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry (1785-1819)”.
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 23, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 599 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on August 23, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 2. submitted on September 15, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. 3. submitted on August 23, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.