The Battle of Perryville laid waste to more than just soldiers and their supplies. The commonwealth's largest combat engagement also took an immense toll on the community of Perryville, and citizens in surrounding towns. After Confederates achieved a tactical victory, they were nonetheless forced to leave the area. With more than 7,500 casualties, the remaining Union soldiers were unprepared for the enormous tasks of burying the dead, caring for the wounded, and rebuilding infrastructure. Instead, this arduous duty fell to the brave and battered locals. Former executive director of the Perryville Battlefield Preservation Association Stuart Sanders presents the first in depth look into how the resilient residents dealt with the chaos of this bloody battle and how they rebuilt their town from the rubble leftover.
Stuart W. Sanders
The History Press
The History Press
The History Press
The History Press
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I just returned from the 150th Reenactment of the Battle of Perryville where I heard this book discussed. I thoroughly enjoyed the book because it is written in a style of vividly told human interest, with photographs on almost every page, that makes the reader feel as if he/she is right there in Perryville during the days after the battle.
The Battle of Perryville is interesting because it is a perfect microcosm of the Civil War. A hard-charging veteran Confederate Army shoved the larger Federal Army back across miles of the battlefield in ferocious, hand-to-hand fighting. But the Union men, though green and poorly led, did not break. They gave ground grudgingly and took just enough of the edge off the Confederate attack to prevent their rolling up the whole Federal Army. The next day the Confederates discovered that they were outnumbered by 3 to 1 and retreated. Like the Civil War as a whole, the aggressive hard-fighting Confederates came close to destroying a Federal...
Perryville Under Fire - by Stuart W. Sanders The Aftermath of Kentucky's Largest Civil War Battle
"...the battlefield was enough to make angels weep." The tiny town of Perryville, KY, is very near to my heart -- especially the genealogy portion of my heart -- so I was naturally drawn to this book. My Dutch ancestors settled within shouting distance of Perryville, and relatives of mine were fighting on both sides of the War.
On 8 October 1862, more than 7,500 Union and Confederate troops were killed and wounded outside of Perryville in the largest battle of the Bluegrass State. Nearly every barn home, shed, stable, business, school and church became makeshift hospitals, and the burden of caring for the massive number of casualties overwhelmed Perryville's 300 residents and others nearby.
According to the book, a serious drought (such as our nation is suffering from now), lack of anesthesia and delayed burials accentuated the suffering and...
Last week, just before my trip to Chickamauga, I received from Amazon the latest title to cover the Battle of Perryville, Perryville Under Fire: The Aftermath of Kentucky's Largest Civil War Battle. Written by former Perryville Battlefield Preservation Association director Stuart Sanders, it is a one hundred and sixty page softcover book that deals with the effects of the fight of Perryville on that small town as well as the numerous surrounding communities that were touched in the fall of 1862. Perryville, an intense battle that lasted five hours, left hundreds of dead and wounded upon the battleground, the wounded who had to be gathered and moved to one of dozens of temporary hospitals, and the dead who had to be identified and buried.
The eleven chapters deal mostly with these two themes, the wounded and the dead, and how dealing with both stretched the resources of Perryville, already dealing with a summer long drought and the drain of supplies that both armies...
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