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Perryville Memorial Dedication

      A monument to the Second Minnesota Battery at Perryville, Kentucky, was dedicated 160 years almost to the hour of when one gun section of the Battery fought on that very ground. The marker stands just down the slope from the Russell House on the battlefield, the place where it is believed the guns stood during the battle.
      This dedication was more than four years in the making. Battery member John Cain worked tirelessly to finalize the design decided upon by members. He was the main contact person to work with Kentucky State Parks and the other partners in the battlefield preservation efforts to meet all the requirements for placing the marker. The COVID-19 pandemic put everything on hold for more than a year and by then personnel had changed, requiring even more work to make the dedication happen on October 8, 2022.
      The dedication ceremony shared the history of the Second Minnesota Battery, what led the Battery to be in that place at that time, and words written about the battle by some of them men themselves. Three volleys were fired—left to right, right to left, and the most perfectly timed final volley from both guns.
      It was a very special and moving tribute. To view a video of the dedication (approx. 30 minutes), click here: