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Perryville Battlefield hosts annual Civil War reenactment Oct. 1-2

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By Special to The Banner

PERRYVILLE, Ky. – Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site will again play host Oct. 1-2 to the reenactment of the largest battle of the Civil War in Kentucky.

The two-day event will include demonstrations of infantry, cavalry and artillery, along with authentic campsites and battleground tours. The highlight each day will be a military demonstration at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, and at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2.

The park opens at 9 a.m. both days. Programs will include the School of the Soldier, lectures on various Civil War topics and a paranormal tour Saturday at 6 p.m.

The reenactment commemorates the most destructive Civil War battle in the state, which left more than 7,600 killed, wounded or missing. The park museum tells of the battle that was the South’s last serious attempt to gain possession of Kentucky. The battlefield is one of the most unaltered Civil War sites in the nation; vistas today remain virtually those soldiers saw on that fateful day in 1862.

Admission is $10 for cars, $15 for passenger vans and $25 for a bus. Museum admission is $3 per person for ages 12 and older; $2 for ages 6-11. Under age 6 is free. Tickets for guided battlefield tours are $5 per person, and the Ghost of Perryville tour is $10 per person (not recommended for ages under 12).

For more information about Perryville Battlefield and the commemoration weekend, visit http://www.perryvillebattlefield.org

Next year’s Perryville commemoration will be the 150th anniversary of the battle.