Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Good news about Perryville

As I'm planning my trip to the state historic site honoring the largest Civil War battle here in the beautiful Commonwealth, I found an email in my inbox this morning. Unfortunately, I can't change my schedule to be at this ceremony, but it sounds really cool, and it is certainly news worthy of a commemoration.


Dear CWPT Supporter,


You are cordially invited to join us next Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at Perryville, Ky., to celebrate the transfer of 54 acres of hallowed ground to the Commonwealth of Kentucky for inclusion in Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site.
CWPT leaders, including President James Lighthizer and Chairman John L. Nau, III, will be joined by Kentucky Tourism, Heritage and Arts Secretary Marcheta Sparrow and other Commonwealth officials to mark this historic occasion.


Following the ceremony, historians Kent Masterson Brown and Kurt Holman will lead a walking tour of the property. The event will also include a reception hosted by Friends of Perryville Battlefield.


The event site is located on Battlefield Road, southeast of the Visitor Center. Signage and park staff will direct attendees to the parking area nearby.


WHAT: Land Transfer Ceremony, Tour and Reception at the Perryville Battlefield
WHO: CWPT leadership, Kentucky Tourism, Heritage and Arts Secretary Marcheta Sparrow, and other Commonwealth officials
WHEN: Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Battlefield Road, southeast of the Visitor Center, Perryville Battlefield, Kentucky


No RSVP is necessary. For more information, please visit our website or contact Emily Egel (eegel@civilwar.org) or Mary Koik (mkoik@civilwar.org).


We hope to see you at Perryville next week!



Here are links to the Civil War Preservation Trust's map of the Perryville battle, and then a link to an interview with Kenneth Noe, author of: Perryville: This Grand Havoc of Battle

On the map, the 54 acres now being saved are in light blue on the far right side. It is where Patrick Cleburne began his march to attack Union forces.


This was certainly a great email for me to see this morning - a unique birthday gift in one sense.  I wish I could attend the ceremony, but hopefully my own tour of this hallowed ground will be enjoyable and eye-opening.

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