PERRYVILLE CLEANUP DAY
April 23, 2016
We drove down to Perryville, KY and set up camp at the Baymont Inn in Harrodsburg, surviving the night with what sounded like someone sharpening a sword with a grindstone.
We broke camp early, arriving at the Perryville Battlefield at 9 am, meeting with Chad Greene for instructions. Our simple goal was to progress the battlefield toward its condition at the time of the battle. Because the actual clean-up day was the same day as our drill, the park set up this special day for cleanup exclusively for us.
|One of the piles of wire fencing we removed.|
He directed us to a wire fence with barbwire that needed removed. Expectations were that it would take us the bulk of the day to remove the some three to four hundred yards of fencing, but the thirteen of us worked quickly, completely stripping the wire well before noon, having time to begin work in tearing a barn down.
|Part way into the barn demolition|
We stopped for lunch, eating hot dogs and chips provided by the caretakers of the battlefield.
We returned to the barn and finished stripping the sides off and removing boards inside. The wood we saved was to be used in constructing a barn that will be burned down during the reenactment in October. Once we cleared the construction, Chad Greene lashed a chain to the support beams and had a bobcat pull the barn down. We finished our work removing the tin roof.
After cleaning up back in Harrodsburg, we made our way to the Kentucky Fudge Factory and relaxed to a quiet evening on the back porch.
We endured another night of sword sharpening, then headed home, stopping at the Lexington Cemetery to see the graves of a number of Confederate soldiers, including a member of the original 1st Tennessee Co B.