Perryville Under Fire: The Aftermath of Kentucky's Largest Civil War Battle (Civil War Series)
Stuart W. Sanders
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.
Sufferings were great, very seldom would I sleep over one hour during the night and often not shut my eyes.” By March 1863, five months after the battle, he was still in New Albany, suffering with pain. He was, however, working as a nurse, aiding soldiers who had been wounded at the Battle of Stones River. Hupp’s long road to recovery was typical of many of the Perryville wounded.83 For injured Union soldiers fighting on their left flank, Antioch Church became a major destination. And, as Hupp.
Performed this sad duty. The memory of interring more than a score of his comrades must have haunted him forever. Of those known to have been buried there, seven were from Company A, fourteen were from Company B and one was from Company C.95 Toney returned to the Goodnight farm, where he cared for eight wounded comrades, including the blind Woldridge and Lute Irwin. Their wounds were horrible enough to be remembered by Toney, Sam Watkins and Charles Quintard, the chaplain of the 1st Tennessee.
Between the joists until the firing stopped. Terrified, she and her children remained there for hours. The battle over and her farmland covered with the dead and wounded, the widow was leaving as fast as she could.121 This barn owned by widow Mary Jane Gibson was located near the center of the Union line. This structure was likely one of the many makeshift hospitals found on the battlefield. Courtesy of the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site. Another woman in Perryville departed.
His wound or fall.”164 Accompanying Curtwright on the battlefield was Berry, the officer’s “unusually large” slave. When Curtwright was shot, Berry reputedly exclaimed that the “damn Yankees done shot Marse Jack!” The slave then picked up Curtwright’s body and disappeared from the field. Several months later, Berry returned to the Curtwright home in LaGrange, Georgia. He gave Curtwright’s widow her husband’s watch and sword, telling her that he had given the officer a proper burial and had.
“Here we found” quoted in Sanders, “Broken in Spirit,” 23. Bottom was evidently “very popular with the Federal officers” in the area, most of whom probably visited the house when it was a hospital. Abstract of Evidence on Merits, Bottom War Claim. 128. Morris, Eighty-First Regiment of Indiana Volunteer Infantry, 17–18. 129. Abstract of Evidence on Merits, Bottom War Claim. 130. Holman, Synopsis of H.P. Bottom War Claim; Abstract of Evidence on Merits, Bottom War Claim; Claimant’s Request for.