Perryville

Most people know the major wars of the American Civil War…..battles like Vicksburg, Gettysburg, Bull Run, etc etc…..but how many have heard of the Battle of Perryville?

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It is 1862 in Kentucky…..this battle was claimed by both sides as a victory…..that tells me it was a draw and fell from the minds of historians for they like winners and losers…

Here is the people and tactics of a little known battle of the War Between The States…..

Confederate Brig. Gen. George Maney maintained tight control of the three regiments in his first line as he pressed his attack against a key position on the extreme left flank of the Union Army on the afternoon of October 8, 1862. The Battle of Perryville had begun less than an hour earlier, and Maney’s brigade was part of a sledgehammer attack by the reinforced Confederate right wing against Maj. Gen. Alexander McCook’s I Corps.

Maney’s immediate objective was to drive the Federals from an eminence known as Open Knob, one of the key positions on the north end of the battlefield. Situated atop the knob was Lieutenant Charles Parson’s eight-gun battery. It was supported by the 123rd Illinois of Brig. Gen. William Terrill’s brigade.

Maney’s Rebels, clad in faded gray uniforms that matched the flora so well that Federal staff officer Samuel Starling thought from a distance that they wore camouflage, had reached a split-rail fence overgrown with brush partway up the east slope of the knob. With his regiments suffering additional casualties from Federal fire with each passing minute, Maney gave the order to charge.

Battle of Perryville: Death in the Kentucky Hills

Class Dismissed!

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6 thoughts on “Perryville

  1. Have read a lot of letters home collections of soldiers from Civil War. They were so brave, so accepting of their possible imminent death, trusting in God and tried to comfort their families in the event the fellow was lost. Ironic as the soldier was the victim. The written and spoken language of that time seems so much more sophisticated and “literary” than the way we communicate today. Back then a letter seemed to have a tangible part of its author in the words, the penmanship, and even in the paper that held the thoughts.

    1. Most “soldiers were illiterate from all I have read….the officers however were the source of most of the writings…I believe…..chuq

  2. Hard to call that battle, using modern ways of estimating victory or defeat. But as the Confederates ended up facing a much larger army in the late afternoon, they could probably say they had won the day, if only because they were not overwhelmed.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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