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Fri, Oct 18


Perryville, Kentucky

Symposium on the Field - Perryville

We had such a great time in 2022 and even more attendance in 2023 that we are coming back for a third symposium! Select tours, detailing specific aspects of the battle, will be presented.

Symposium on the Field - Perryville
Symposium on the Field - Perryville

Time & Location

Oct 18, 2024, 4:30 PM EDT – Oct 20, 2024, 12:00 PM EDT

Perryville, Kentucky, Perryville, Kentucky


About the event

Tentative and subject to change.

A series of tours led by historians that will cover detailed aspects of the battle that took place at Perryville on October 8th, 1862.  Each tour will be 90-120 minutes in duration.  Wear comfortable shoes and bring water as there is often a fair amount of walking on hilly terrain! These tours will take place all over the Perryville, Kentucky area on private and public property.


5:00 P. M. -  October 7th, 1862, Wheeler vs. Gilbert: The Skirmishes of Springfield, Pleasant Run, Brown's Hill, and Peters Hill - Darryl Smith - Meet in Perryville at the corner of West 3rd Street and US 68 (Click HERE for location). We will carpool to Springfield and then work our way back to Perryville, stopping at the various skirmish sites. This tour will allow you to get to places you might not have explored on your own.


9:00 A. M. - Starkweather's Stand - Dan Masters

11:00 A. M. - Liddell's Brigage - Derrick Lindow


2:30 P. M. - Town Fighting, Part II - Taylor Bishop - Meet in Perryville at the corner of West 3rd Street and US 68 (Click HERE for location). When we think of the final moments of the Battle of Perryville, we tend to think of the actions in the slaughter pin. You might be surprised to learn that the final moments of Kentucky’s deadliest battle occurred around October 9, 1862, not in the fields west of the town but in the small city itself. 

5:30 P. M. - Evening Meet and Greet at the historic Bottom House, hosted by the Friends of Perryville Battlefield.


10:00 A. M. - A Different Take on Donelson - Jamie Gillum. This tour will explore the 1860 census, existing maps, wartime reports and primary sources to reevaluate the role of Donelson’s brigade at the Battle of Perryville.  Overwhelming evidence supports the idea that the battle on the Confederate right at Open Knob has long been misinterpreted.  Donelson’s brigade—namely the Sixteenth Tennessee—was heavily engaged for thirty minutes confronting Parsons’ battery before Maney’s brigade came to their relief and saved them from complete annihilation.  The fight was centered around a long-lost cabin site occupying the eastern slope of Open Knob and tenanted by Joseph C. Hafley and his family.  The evening before the battle, Hafley retreated with his family to the Gammon house a half mile north in Mercer County.  Little did he know that his homesite would become the scene of horrific slaughter from the guns of Parsons’ battery and Terrill’s brigade.  After Colonel Savage and his Sixteenth Tennessee had made two unsuccessful attempts to take the battery, Maney and his brigade appeared in time “to save the day” and Savage’s regiment successfully gained the crest of the knob with the assistance of these timely reinforcements.  A clear look at Donelson’s and Cheatham’s reports, coupled with Maney’s report and the participants in the Sixteenth Tennessee will show that they were not engaged at Widow Gibson’s homesite.

Noonish - Tour debrief and ideas for next year

The above listing is subject to change.  All meals and lodging are the responsibility of the attendee. Motels are located in Danville, Harrodsburg, and Lebanon.

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