Civil War Battlefield Conservation: Kentucky
Perryville Battlefield. Photo by J. Stephen Conn/Flickr
The Fund was part of a partnership that worked to protect key lands at the center of the Perryville Battlefield in Kentucky. On October 8, 1862, the Widow Gibson Farm at Perryville was the site of a massive Confederate assault that hurled the Federal line back one mile. After a day of intense fighting and more than 7,000 casualties, the Confederates withdrew from the state and abandoned their effort to take over Kentucky and the state remained in the Union. This victory was key: President Abraham Lincoln noted the strategic importance of Kentucky—without it, the United States could not hold Missouri and Maryland.
A partnership with the state of Kentucky, the Perryville Battlefield Commission, the Perryville Battlefield Preservation Association and the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels made possible the protection of 150 acres at this key battlefield. The Perryville Battlefield Preservation Association bought the 150-acre farm with funding from federal ISTEA funds, the Fund and our partners. The land was donated to Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site.
Perryville Battlefield was preserved as part of the Fund’s Civil War Battlefield Campaign, which worked with partners to protect our nation’s hallowed ground; to provide comprehensive information on the 384 principal Civil War battlefields designated by the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission and to honor those that fought and died in the war. The campaign has, with its partners, protected historic sites in 73 projects in 13 states, protecting more than 8,100 acres.