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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

October 08, 1862

Battle of Perryville

The Battle of Perryville, KY took place - largest battle on Kentucky soil. Five Georgia regiments were involved, and one of the leaders was native Georgian General William Hardee. The overall Confederate commander was General Braxton Bragg, who would lead the Confederate forces in the first major battle fought on Georgia soil in September of 1863. The results of the battle were mixed; the Union was forced to retreat from the battlefield, but it could also be considered a strategic Union victory, in that after the battle Bragg withdrew from Kentucky, and the Confederacy never again tried to invade there.