Perryville in Boyle County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
The H. P. Bottom House
—The Battle for Kentucky October 8, 1862 —
During the battle, more than 7,500 soldiers were killed or wounded. The town's 300 inhabitants were left to bury the dead, care for the injured, and repair their homes after months of post-battle occupation.
Perhaps no civilian suffered more than Henry P. Bottom, a farmer and cabinetmaker who lived in the house at the base of the hill across the road. The battle wiped out Bottom's farming operations. His property was damaged during the fighting and soldiers on both sides confiscated his livestock and food.
When the thousands of soldiers converged on his farm, Bottom lost nine cows, thirty sheep, 8,540 pounds of pork, 4,500 pounds of bacon, 1,300 fence rails, 3,000 bushels of corn, 22 tons of hay, 50 bushels of oats, and two horses. In 1862, the amount of his lost or destroyed property totaled $4,862, a large amount for that time.
The house was caught in the crossfire during the fighting, and was so severely damaged that the wood siding had to be replaced. His home was also one of the main field hospitals in this area. Bullet holes in the walls and blood stains on the floors still remain in the house.
The H. P. Bottom House is a private residence. Please do not trespass on the property.
"The house, land and yard were full of wounded Federal and Confederate soldiers. I can
William Caldwell McChord
(lower left) Henry P. Bottom, at the age of 90
(Marker Number 19.)
Location. 37° 39.94′ N, 84° 58.216′ W. Marker is in Perryville, Kentucky, in Boyle County. Marker is on Hays Mays Road 0.7 miles east of Whites Road, on the left when traveling east. 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. Baptism of Fire (a few steps from this marker); Bottom House (within shouting distance of this marker); The 15th Kentucky Infantry (US) (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Assault from the Bottom House (about 400 feet away); Michigan at Perryville (about 500 feet away); Artillery Duel at Loomis Heights (about 700 feet away); Simonson’s Battery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Defense of Loomis’ Heights (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Perryville.
Also see . . . Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site. Kentucky Department of Parks (Submitted on September 11, 2015.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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