By Greg Kocher
The Civil War Trust on Monday said it has preserved three properties totaling 70 acres associated with the 1862 Battle of Perryville.
Some of the Boyle County land was purchased as the result of a national fund-raising campaign conducted by the Trust earlier this year, and some acreage was donated by a private property owner. With the addition of these 70 acres on the northern part of the battlefield, the Trust has helped save 1,027 acres at Perryville, the site of Kentucky’s largest and bloodiest Civil War battle.
“Complete preservation of a battlefield is the Civil War Trust’s ultimate goal, the finest example of our mission at work,” said Trust President James Lighthizer in a release. “This victory at Perryville brings us within spitting distance of finishing our work there. Thanks to the generous contributions of our members, future generations of Americans will have the opportunity to visit this site and reflect on the sacrifices made.”