Haunted Perryville, KY

on a hot october day in 1862 20 000 union troops and 16 000 confederates clashed in the battle of perryville it was one of the bloodiest battles of the civil war thousands of soldiers were killed or wounded and their bodies were left on the battlefield for days it was a gruesome scene and it’s the reason perryville has a reputation as a haunted town perryville is known as one of the most haunted little towns in america i think it’s because so many of the residents both those who’ve passed on from my childhood and those who still live today have had an experience of some kind with that which they cannot explain the battle that happened in parable in 1862 was the southern attempt to recruit and occupy kentucky 7 500 people killed wounded or missing there is a mass grave at the perryville battlefield site it’s filled with 300 confederate soldiers they couldn’t afford the time and the ground to bury those men individually many of them as i understood it were buried in very shallow graves but a high percentage in fact maybe all the homes that that date back to the civil war were used in some fashion as a hospital or a staging ground for the young men that were left here wounded and so it seems to me there’s just a lot of spirits left in the town associated with the ground on which they either were convalescing or died we had this horrific battle fought in 1962 and there are stories from residents and visitors alike that they’ve seen ghosts or heard ghosts there are several homes in town that have handwriting on the walls from soldiers who lay convalescing in the homes maybe died it was typical for them to write their name their rank and where they were from some drew pictures of home a horse a house or to mother that that is very common there’s blood stains on the floors that could make you relive what that time was like according to legend sam is a confederate soldier who fought and died in perival and it is said by visitors and residents alike that you can see him sometimes on a dark night usually hot he will walk out of the opera house dressed in his full confederate uniform cross merchant’s robe and walk up the hill to the cemetery there are there is one resident in town that will tell you they had a conversation with sammy just walked up into their yard and hi how are you doing i’m fine how are you tonight and it was during a commemoration they talked to this gentleman and she went in to get something for him to drink and he was gone when she came back one of the accounts that’s told here in parable of a haunting has to do with our local beautician they were sitting on the front porch of the hp bottom house which is actually on the battlefield grounds and she was with a friend of hers and they were just enjoying the night when they had a confederate soldier they could identify him by the color of his regalia walk out of the field which is just in front of the home as it sits now and did in the battle and addressed them in generic form and said to them ladies the lamp will give our position away and he turned and walked back in the same direction from which he had come materializing if you will as he approached and de-materializing as he walked away in the carrick parks house in front of the cave where the town was settled there is said to be a young girl that lives in that house and people when driving by or walking by have seen her appear in the window and she looks down at them she doesn’t wave she doesn’t smile she’s just standing there looking out the window my personal ghost story from having been raised here in perryville takes me back to the age of 10 at the time we were renting what is called the crawford house that dates back to civil war era it was in fact braxton bragg’s headquarters during the war one was a saturday afternoon it’s in the light of day it’s probably two o’clock and i’m watching cartoons and prostrate on the floor with my chin and my hands when the spring loaded door of maybe 30 inches wide opens and suspends itself without relieving the tension in the spring whatsoever i could hear it load because i’d opened it every day for the previous two years we lived there myself and so i knew no one else was home or at least i didn’t know if they were and i turned to look over my shoulder to see absolutely nothing there but the door remaining open and so i didn’t wait to see it close i literally ran out of the house all the way to town to the business where my mother was working to tell her learning history and and learning what parable is all about and where it came from if it’s ghost if it’s architecture or if it’s the battle just come see it you know experience it and learn something from it i think that’s what’s important about the ghost probably in this in this town we have a wealth of history and the hauntings are a part of that history our motto is our history is our future that’s what makes parable

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