Monday, February 20, 2012

Spring Hike Date Set!

Saturday, May 5th, 2012 -

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, and is a member of the Friends of Perryville Battlefield. 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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Sunday, February 12, 2012

New Perryville Title Forthcoming!

Many of you might recognize the author of this book from his work at both Perryville and the Kentucky State Historical Society.  Stuart Sanders has written a book on the aftermath of the Battle of Perryville, entitled Perryville Under Fire: The Aftermath of Kentucky's Largest Civil War Battle.  Set for release later this month, this promises to be an interesting account of what happen to the wounded soldier left behind, and the impact of the battle upon Perryville's citizens.  Mr. Sanders has written many articles about Perryville, including a favorite article of mine about the 3rd Ohio.

Perryville Under Fire will be a 160 page paperback and will retail for $19.95.  One can preorder a copy via Amazon.  

With the many acres of ground saved over the last ten years, Dr. Hafendorfer's and Dr. Noe's definitive accounts about the battle, and an increased interest of the Civil War due to the sesquicentennial, the Battle of Perryville seems to finally be taking its place of one of the most decisive points of the Civil War.  This title confirms the growing interest in Perryville.  Preorder your copy today!