A commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Richmond took place Sunday at the Bluegrass Army Depot. About 600 acres of the ground on which the battle was fought is now part of the depot. Interpretive signs along a depot walking trail tell of the battle.
Re-enactors gathered in the early morning to recreate the battle, which was fought Aug. 29 and 30, 1862. It was the second-largest battle in Kentucky and the most overwhelming Confederate victory of the war. The Battle of Richmond Association sponsored the re-enactment.
The re-enactment of the Battle of Perryville, the largest Kentucky conflict, will be Oct. 5 through 7 in Boyle County; it was fought on Oct. 8, 1862. The commemoration will focus on re-creating selected portions of the battle. It will be the first time that military participants will be able to retrace the steps of the Union and Confederate armies by the same routes they used to arrive on the field 150 years ago. The routes were secured with the cooperation of private property owners neighboring the battlefield, said Joni House, preservation and program coordinator for the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site.
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