Thursday, May 24, 2012

Planting Corn at Perryville, Sat. May 26

I've copied the below from Kentucky State Park's Facebook page. I think I might try to head down there & help with it. I was planning to do a walk of the field tomorrow anyway, so maybe I can make it a 2 day trip or something.

Planting Corn at Perryville Battlefield-May 26

The historic cornfield at Perryville Battlefield will be re-created by the efforts of the Friends of Perryville Battlefield and volunteers. The cornfield which was so heavily contested during the battle in 1862 is an important part of the sites overall interpretation. The upcoming 150th anniversary reenactment in October would not be complete without recreating the fight in the corn.

An heirloom corn breed which was developed in Wisconsin in 1847 will be the variety planted in this coming Saturday, May 26. Although we know that this was a cornfield, no records indicate what variety of corn Henry Bottoms had planted and was standing in the field the armies invaded his pristine farm. The breed picked by the Friends of Perryville, Wisconsin Red Dent, will be planted in honor of the Wisconsin regiments involved in that terrible contest.

If you would like to help with this planting please come to the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site. We will be taking volunteers from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. in Civil War Hall at the park. After the corn planting lunch will be provided by the Friends of Perryville in the small picnic shelter. Call 859-332-8631.

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