Perryville Under Fire: The Aftermath of Kentucky's Largest Civil War Battle (Civil War Series)

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The Battle of Perryville laid waste to more than just soldiers and their supplies. The commonwealth's largest combat engagement also took an immense toll on the community of Perryville, and citizens in surrounding towns. After Confederates achieved a tactical victory, they were nonetheless forced to leave the area. With more than 7,500 casualties, the remaining Union soldiers were unprepared for the enormous tasks of burying the dead, caring for the wounded, and rebuilding infrastructure. Instead, this arduous duty fell to the brave and battered locals. Former executive director of the Perryville Battlefield Preservation Association Stuart Sanders presents the first in depth look into how the resilient residents dealt with the chaos of this bloody battle and how they rebuilt their town from the rubble leftover.

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Stuart W. Sanders is the former executive director of the Perryville Battlefield Preservation Association. He is the author of Perryville Under Fire: The Aftermath of Kentucky's Largest Civil War as well as a contributor to multiple Civil War history volumes. Sanders has also written for Civil War Times Illustrated, America's Civil War, Blue & Gray, and several other publications. He is currently a public history administrator in Kentucky.

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...Sanders, a former executive director of the Perryville Battlefield Preservation Association, has clearly spent great time and effort researching and thinking about this subject. Drawing on an impressive range of resources, he provides a vivid account of the havoc that followed the October 1862 battle. When the opposing commanders withdrew, they left wounded soldiers behind, and communities such as Perryville, Danville and Harrodsburg had to care for them. Who can't help being touched by Sanders' accounts to Sarah Coleman's heroic efforts to find her brother Charles, of the 10th Wisconsin, and help him recover from a serious head wound, or the dedication of a son-in-law of John Curtwright of the 41st Georgia, who located Curtwright's remains on the battlefeild and had them re-interred in Georgia next to his widow in the 1920s.

This book may not appeal immediately to readers interested in traditional "drums and trumpets" mlitary history, though Sanders' first chapter does deliver a soild overview of the campaign and battle--albeit one that would have benefited, as would the book as a whole, from the inclusion of maps. Still, Perryville Under Fire is a useful and powerful reminder, in both words and pictures, that war is and always has been, in William Sherman's immortal words, hell--both for its participants and the communities it touches. For that reason, as well as for the many long untold stories of suffering, sacrifice and loss it brings to light, this book merits attention from students of the Civil War. --America's Civil War

"Now, as Perryville prepares to mark the 150th anniversary of the battle, he has written his own book, Perryville Under Fire: The Aftermath of Kentucky's Largest Civil War Battle. It tells how Perryville residents and citizens of nearby communities dealt with wounded and sick soldiers who filled homes, churches, schools, barns and sheds." --Kentucky.com

"Now, as Perryville prepares to mark the 150th anniversary of the battle, he has written his own book, Perryville Under Fire: The Aftermath of Kentucky's Largest Civil War Battle. It tells how Perryville residents and citizens of nearby communities dealt with wounded and sick soldiers who filled homes, churches, schools, barns and sheds." --Kentucky.com

"Now, as Perryville prepares to mark the 150th anniversary of the battle, he has written his own book, Perryville Under Fire: The Aftermath of Kentucky's Largest Civil War Battle. It tells how Perryville residents and citizens of nearby communities dealt with wounded and sick soldiers who filled homes, churches, schools, barns and sheds." --Kentucky.com

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