6 Oct 2017

30th Anniversary Milestones: Perryville

30th Anniversary Milestones: Perryville
As we continue to celebrate our 30th anniversary, this month we'd like to reflect on Perryville, Kentucky one of the greatest success stories in Civil War Trust history. The battle, fought 155 years ago this month, marked the high-water mark of the Confederacy in the Western Theater. We are immensely proud that, with your support and in cooperation with many partner organizations, we have successfully preserved almost the entirety of the Perryville Battlefield. That amounts to 1,027 acres that will never, ever be threatened by developers.

The battle fought at Perryville on October 8, 1862, may not be as famous as Shiloh or Gettysburg, but it was nonetheless one of the most important engagements of the entire Civil War. And it was a battle with a connection to America's victory in World War II.

Perryville was the culmination of General Braxton Bragg’s Heartland Offensive in the late summer and early fall of 1862, thwarting his ambitions to secure a key border state for the southern cause. Never again would a rebel field army west of the Alleghany Mountains penetrate so far north.

The fighting at Perryville also marked the first of several occasions during the war on which Union officer Arthur MacArthur Jr. and Confederate General Simon Bolivar Buckner would find themselves on opposite sides at the same battlefield. Almost a century later, their sons Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr. and Douglas MacArthur found themselves on the same side in a different conflict: as American generals in the Pacific during World War II. What’s more, the victory of Don Carlos Buell’s Army of the Ohio over Bragg’s Confederates, coming less than a month after a narrow, if inconclusive, Union strategic victory at Antietam, helped convince major European powers that entering the war on the side of the South would be a losing proposition.

Perryville is without a doubt one of the greatest success stories in the Civil War Trust’s 30-year history; the preservation of the battlefield is nearly complete. And like all of our successes, none of this would be possible without your generosity and support.

American Battlefield Trust

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