Battle of Perryville

 

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Short Summary of the Battle of Perryville
Short Summary: The Battle of Perryville
was fought on October 8, 1862 by the Union Army by the Union  forces led by Major General Don Carlos and the Confederate Army led by General Braxton Bragg. This famous Civil War battle was fought between 20,000 Union soldiers and 16,000 Confederate troops. At the end of the fighting the Union losses were over 4,000 and the Confederate losses amounted to over 3,000. The result was a stalemate, with both sides making gains from the Battle of Perryville.

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Battle of Perryville
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th American President who served in office from March 4, 1861 to April 15, 1865. One of the major battlefields in the Civil War during his presidency was the horrific Battle of Perryville in Kentucky.

     

Facts about the Battle of Perryville
The main battles of the Civil War were
divided into two principal theaters in which the major military operations took place. The Battle of Perryville was fought in Kentucky in the Western theater of the Civil War.

  • The Western Theater that comprised of the area west of the Appalachians and east of the Mississippi River

Facts about the Battle of Perryville
The Battle of Perryville was fought by a single corps of the Union Army of the Ohio against the Confederate  Army of Mississippi and
was the culmination of the 1862 Kentucky Campaign. 

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Facts about the Battle of Perryville
The Civil War was in its first year. The Confederacy needed more soldiers. The decision was made by the Confederate Major General Edmund Kirby Smith to invade Kentucky from Eastern Tennessee. The goals of the Confederacy were to encourage more volunteers from the border region and deflect the Union's forces from Tennessee and Alabama. The Confederate General Braxton Bragg was ordered to cross Tennessee to Louisville, Kentucky on the Ohio River. Just as the Confederacy had hoped the Union Army of Ohio, led by General Buell was sent after him.

Facts about the Battle of Perryville: Tactical Victory for the Confederates - Strategic Victory for the Union
The Union forces were in disarray due to poor communications. Contingents from both armies fought the Battle at Perryville on October 8, 1862. The Confederates managed to gain the upper hand over their opponents who consisted of a single corps of the Union Army of Ohio. The Union leader General Buell was some distance from the battlefield and failed to immediately send reinforcements. This tactical error cost him the battle. However, by the end of the day's fighting, General Braxton Bragg realized that his small army would have to face the whole of the Union Army of Ohio - over 55,000 men. General Bragg was therefore forced to withdraw from Kentucky and retreat back into Tennessee. The withdrawal from Kentucky therefore gave the Union a strategic victory.

 

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Facts about the Battle of Perryville
The following short fact sheet provides interesting facts and information about the Battle of Perryville, one of the major battles that was fought during the American Civil War
(April 12, 1861 and continued until May 10, 1865).

Battle of Perryville: FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions for kids)

Facts for KidsQuestions and Answers
Battle of Perryville Fact 1Q. Where was the Battle of Perryville fought?
A. The Battle of Perryville was fought in
Boyle County, Kentucky
 
Battle of Perryville Fact 2Q. When was the Battle of Perryville fought?
It was fought on October 8, 1862
 
Battle of Perryville Fact 3Q. Who won the Battle of Perryville?
A. The Battle of Perryville
was a stalemate often described as a tactical victory for the Confederacy and a strategic victory for the Union.
 
Battle of Perryville Fact 4Q. Who were the generals and leaders?
A. The Confederate general was General Braxton Bragg. The Union General at the Battle of Perryvillewas Major General Don Carlos Buell
 
Battle of Perryville Fact 5Q. How many men fought in the Battle of Perryville?
A. The strength of the Union force was 22,000. The number of Confederate soldiers totaled 3400
 
Battle of Perryville Fact 6Q. How many Union casualties were there?
A. The total number of Union losses were 4276: Number Killed 894, Number Wounded 2911, Number Captured / Missing 471.
 
Battle of Perryville Fact 7Q. How many Confederate casualties were there?
A.
The total number of Confederate losses were 3401: Number Killed 532, Number Wounded 2641, Number Captured / Missing 228.
 
Battle of Perryville Fact 8Q. Why was the Battle of Perryville important?
A. The Battle of Perryville was
strategically significant because although the Confederacy was forced out of Kentucky the Union lost ground in Alabama and Tennessee which would take them over a year to recover.

Battle of Perryville: FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions for kids)

Battle of Perryville - President Abraham Lincoln Video
The article on the Battle of Perryville provides an overview of one of the major events of his presidential term in office. The following Abraham Lincoln video will give you additional important facts and dates about the political events experienced by the 16th American President whose presidency spanned from March 4, 1861 to April 15, 1865.

 

 

 

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