Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Cool Civil War Hiking Blog!

I received a nice comment about my blog from another blogger, one who hikes Civil War battlefields and talks about those hikes within the context of the blog.  Called Civil War Hikes, it is a great place to go when planning your own battlefield tramps.  I hope to meet the chap who owns the blog one day, preferably on a battlefield hike, as it is always interesting to meet like-minded folks (I am an avid day hiker and backpacker).  Go check out Civil War Hikes today!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Help Save Another 141 Acres at Perryville!

The Civil War Trust has another campaign to raise money to save 141 acres of one of the most pristine battlefields in the United States.  And every dollar you donate will be matched four to one!  The area in question is where the 3rd Ohio and 15th Kentucky fought near the Squire Bottom house and barn, facing Louisianans in Adams' brigade, and is an integral part of the battlefield.  This was Federal general Alexander McCook's right flank, and these regiments under William Lytle did all they could to hold this position agaist superior numbers.

Saving this piece our property would add another excellent parcel of land that future generations will be able to enjoy.  Please donate today!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Fall History Hike at Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site

November 5th. Hike starts at 11:00 a.m. Museum opens at 10:00 a.m. The museum charges a small fee to visit their exceptional displays. Participants are encouraged to visit the museum before the hike to familiarize themselves with the high level details of the Perryville campaign and battle. There is also a well stocked gift ship in the museum, with many titles covering the Perryville campaign and other western battles. There are modern restrooms below the museum.

Please meet by 10:50 in front of the museum. The hike will start promptly at 11:00 a.m. and will go on rain or shine.

The hike will consist of four to five miles of walking and discussing the battle. Please wear sturdy shoes, bring plenty of water, and have something to snack on. If it is a sunny day, wear sunscreen and/or a hat as the battlefield does not offer much in the way of shade. The terrain is rolling with a few short climbs. The hike will last three to four hours.

For those interested there are several locations in the general area for post hike meals and libations. The Old Owl Tavern (part of the Beaumont Inn complex) in Harrodsburg offers tasty meals and beverages. In Danville there are many choices, some of the hike leader’s favorites are The Hub Coffee House ‘n’ CafĂ©, Bluegrass Pizza and Pub, and 303 W, all in downtown Danville. If craft beers are more to your liking, the Beer Engine in Danville offers their own and other tasty microbrews on draught.

Hike Leader Info – Darryl Smith serves as a board of trustees member for the Buckeye Trail Association, is a regimental color bearer in the Civil War Trust (civilwar.org), and is a member of the Friends of Perryville Battlefield (perryvillebattlefield.org). He is an avid hiker and backpacker who also has a passion for American military history. Perryville Battlefield is one of his favorite Civil War sites, due to the near pristine nature of the park, looking much like it did during that hot day in October, 1862. Please contact him at 513-321-1539 or ohioatperryville@yahoo.com if you need more information.

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