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9781609495671

Perryville Under Fire

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  • ISBN13:

    9781609495671

  • ISBN10:

    1609495675

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-03-04
  • Publisher: Arcadia Pub
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Summary

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 die 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 die enormous tasks of burying the dead, caring for the wounded and rebuilding infrastructure. Instead, this arduous duty fell to die brave and battered locals. Stuart Sanders, former executive director of the Perryville Battlefield Preservation Association, presents the first in-depth look at how die resilient residents dealt with the chaos of this bloody battle and how they rebuilt their town from the rubble left over. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. 7
The Battle of Perryvillep. 11
"Such Is the Effects of War"p. 23
"Long Hours of Unnoted Agony"p. 33
"Every House Was a Hospital"p. 41
"Lay Him Down and Let Him Die"p. 53
"Broken in Spirit"p. 63
"A Sight I Never Wish to See Again"p. 75
"The Picture of Desolation"p. 83
"Enough to Make Any Man Oppose War"p. 91
"Her Grief Was Heart-Rending"p. 103
"The Best of Soldiers"p. 117
Notesp. 123
A Note on Sourcesp. 147
Indexp. 149
About the Authorp. 157
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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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