“I think to lose Kentucky is nearly to lose the whole game.”
–President Abraham Lincoln, 1861
The Ides of March has passed and Free Book Friday is here–it’s time to celebrate! We picked today’s giveaway, The Civil War at Perryville: Battling for the Bluegrass, because it covers one of the most significant battles in Kentucky Civil War history–making it an important keystone in our Sesquicentennial commemoration.
Step back in time to when the Confederate army, desperate to seize control of Kentucky, launched an invasion into the commonwealth in the fall of 1862. The Battle of Perryville lasted just one day and yet produced nearly eight thousand combined casualties and losses, forever altering the landscape of the war.
Few know this hallowed ground like Christopher L. Kolakowski, former director of the Perryville Battlefield Preservation Association, who draws on letters, reports, memoirs and other primary sources to offer the most accessible and engaging account of the Kentucky Campaign yet, featuring over sixty historic images and maps.
How do you win Kolakowski’s popular book? Comment on this post and your name will be entered into a random drawing that ends at 12:00 a.m. EST, Sunday, March 18.
It’s easy! After you read this excerpt from The Civil War at Perryville: Battling for the Bluegrass, let us know what you think. (Like what made Kentucky’s role in the Civil War so important, why Lexington was called the “Athens of the West,” what you liked about the excerpt, etc.)
…And then check back Monday morning to see if you won a copy of The Civil War at Perryville: Battling for the Bluegrass. See you on Monday!