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Engagement at Doctor’s Creek: The Battle for Perryville
A Walking Tactical Study


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

5:00 PM: Meet at a Shaker Village meeting room, where we will receive Jim’s opening talk. Dinner is on your own—the dining room is open until 8:30 PM.

BGES note: Jim Ogden is one of the most focused and prepared historians in America today. He has never led a tour to Perryville before, and he wants to complete a site survey before he tells us what he intends to speak about and where he is going to lead us. We can assure you he will be prepared.

You can expect Jim’s opening talk will set the stage for the campaign. He will discuss the political ramifications and the principals in the coming drama. As a western war specialist, he understands the various and multiple campaigns of the theater and what each means.

Ogden tours are heavily slanted toward walking, and Perryville’s rolling open terrain will certainly accommodate that. You can expect extensive tactical analysis in easily understandable bytes of information. Where walks exceed the abilities of the participants, the road network lets you ride a van to the end point of the walk to await the arrival of the cross-country walkers. Nearly all walks will be one-way with a drop-off at one point and pick-up at the distant end.

A wonderful aspect of this program and battlefield is that it is perhaps the most complete preserved major western battlefield outside of the National Park System—there are no modern intrusions, and many landmarks of the battlefield such as the Bottom House are still extant. BGES has sponsored approximately 23 interpretative stops/signs on the battlefield.

Beyond this, we cannot tell when Ogden will provide his daily itinerary; however, we can assure you that this is a special program you will not want to miss.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

8:45 AM. Depart the hotel en route to Perryville area. Itinerary to be announced. Lunch included, with breakfast and dinner on your own.

Friday, October 12, 2018

8:45 AM. Depart Shaker Village en route to Perryville area. Itinerary to be announced. Lunch provided, with breakfast and dinner on your own.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

8:45 AM. Depart Shaker Village for the Perryville battlefield. Itinerary to be announced. Lunch provided, with breakfast and dinner on your own.


Registration includes three lunches, all paid admissions, a reading book with maps, the academic program, support of a professional historian, tour director, and on-the-ground transportation. We will also provide snacks, bottled water, and a limited selection of sodas. Shaker Village has changed its operations; they now have à la carte meals, and room rates are inclusive of access to all the areas of the living history complex.

Ten percent of your registration fee is a tax-deductible contribution to the BGES 25th Anniversary Capital Reserve Campaign.

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Travel Details


Perryville is a very small community with practically no amenities. Past tours have required us to bring our rations with us. The best option for us will be Shaker Village, which includes à la carte breakfast (less than $10) and dinners (ranging between $15 and $40). It is a great American experience—very rustic and representative of the lifestyle of the Shakers. As a living history experience, it is worth arriving early or staying late. It is also important to the 1862 Kentucky Campaign. Braxton Bragg’s army marched right through the center of the village en route to Perryville. The property is historically nice but not luxurious. Unlike other tours, we will not set aside a block of rooms; you have a range of costs and options available in the 72 rooms on-site—they range from $110 to over $200. You may want to coordinate and travel with friends and share the expenses. WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS EARLY, AS FALL FOLLAGE WILL QUICKLY FILL THEIR ROOMS—THERE IS EXCELLENT AVAILABILITY AT THIS TIME. If too expensive, you will want to consider other options in Harrodsburg and meet us at Shaker Village.


The servicing airport is Lexington (LEX). Cincinnati (CVG) and Louisville (SDF) are farther afield but have better airfares and flight options. If you fly in, you will need a rental car; check for deals. There is no limo service or other transportation available to the battlefield vicinity. The drive to Shaker Village is on rural roads.

Key Publications and Recommended Reading

You will be provided with a reading book and maps upon arrival. We recommend the following books to enhance your preparation for this tour. has a program to support non-profits IF YOU SIGN UP to support Blue and Gray Education Society (EIN 54-1720582) at AmazonSmile. When you sign up there rather than the normal Amazon site, one-half of one percent of your purchase price will be provided to BGES as a donation from Amazon. This will apply not only on this purchase but others you may make at other times.

  • Kenneth Noe: Perryville: This Grand Havoc of Battle. Available on AmazonSmile.
  • Dr. Robert Cameron: Staff Ride Handbook for the Battle of Perryville, October 8. 1862. Available on AmazonSmile.
  • Stephen Engle: Don Carlos Buell: Most Promising of All. Available on AmazonSmile.
  • Steven Woodworth: Jefferson Davis and His Generals. Available on AmazonSmile.
  • Earl Hess: Braxton Bragg: The Most Hated Man of the Confederacy. Available on AmazonSmile.


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