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The Battle of Perryville was already raging when Colonel John Starkweather’s Union brigade pushed its way toward the front. Moving to the Army’s imperiled left flank, Starkweather threw a portion of his brigade into a cornfield, posting his remaining troops behind a stone wall on the last unoccupied piece of ground in that sector of the battlefield. The Yankee colonel knew this ground had to be held "at all hazards."
The Confederate onslaught struck with a fury. General George Maney’s brigade drove the Federals out of the cornfield, only to be met by withering volleys from the Starkweather's reserve. With the Confederate advance now checked, his men leapt from behind the wall and launched a ferocious counterattack, putting Maney’s troops on their heels and bringing the battle to a close on this portion of the field.
Few battlefields are as pristine as Perryville, where rolling fields of Kentucky bluegrass look much like they did in 1862. This is due in large measure to the work you and our members have done to protect this important battlefield, where we have already saved 957 acres. Thanks to you, we have now saved an additional 70 acres at Perryville—the very ground where Starkweather's and Maney’s brigades clashed. In addition to being historically significant in its own right, this ground is one of the last pieces of the Perryville battlefield yet to be preserved. Thanks to you, we have now saved more than 1,000 acres at the largest and most important battlefield in Kentucky.