The Cleveland State Community College History Department is sponsoring a lecture on the Battle of Perryville that took place on October 8, 1862. The lecture will take place on Thursday, Oct. 25, in Room 127 of the Mary T. Barker Humanities Building at 6 p.m.
This lecture, given by Professor Neil Greenwood, is part of an ongoing series of lectures marking the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The Battle of Perryville was the largest Civil War battle fought in Kentucky, and it marked the end of the Confederate invasion of Kentucky, launched in August 1862. The Confederates hoped to gain the support of Kentuckians to bring the Bluegrass State into the Confederacy. Had Kentucky entered the Confederacy, not only would that have made the state’s resources available to the new nation, but the border between the C.S.A. and the U.S.A. would have been moved to the Ohio River. The draw in the Battle of Perryville, along with the failure to attract Kentuckians to the Confederacy, led to the Confederate withdrawal from Kentucky, ending, as it turned out, Confederate hopes of wresting that state from the U.S.
This lecture series will continue at CSCC through 2015. For more information on this lecture or the lecture series, contact Mr. Greenwood at 423 472-7141, ext. 300.