Battle of Perryville

Civil War Series
2:00 pm
Sun October 7, 2012

Researchers Say Kentucky's Battle of Perryville took Place at a Key Time in the Civil War

Military Historian Jack Thacker and Civil War Historian Glenn LaFantasie
Clinton Lewis WKU University Relations

A significant Civil War battle took place in Kentucky on October 8th, 1862. The Battle of Perryville claimed the lives of about 7600 soldiers, and some historians now say the battle was more important than some researchers thought in the past. Dr. Glenn LaFantasie of the WKU Institute for Civil War Studies and WKU Military Historian Dr. Jack Thacker  say Confederate forces moved into the state, hoping to get Kentuckians to join their cause.

8:19 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Former FBI and CIA Leader to Visit Famous Kentucky Battlefield

In his storied career as a federal judge and former director of the FBI and CIA, William Webster was guided partly by the great-grandfather he never knew who died on a Civil War battlefield. His ancestor, Union Col. George Penny Webster, was mortally wounded in savage fighting at the Battle of Perryville on Oct. 8, 1862, the biggest Civil War confrontation in Kentucky.

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8:06 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Civil War Battlefields in Kentucky and Tennessee Get Funds to Buy Land

Eight Civil War battlefields, including three in Kentucky and Tennessee, are receiving more than $2.4 million in grants to help with land acquisition. The National Park Service said the grant money will help in the permanent preservation and protection of the battlefields. This year marks the 150 year anniversary of several important Civil War battles.

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8:52 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Kentucky's Bloodiest Civil War Battle to be Remembered This Year

This fall marks the 150th anniversary of Kentucky’s largest Civil War battle. To honor that event, planning is well underway for the October re-enactment of the Battle of Perryville.

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