On Sunday, September 11 at 3 P.M., in the Community Room of the Franklin Police Department on Columbia Pike in Franklin, the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present author Christopher Kolakowski, who will be speaking on the Battle of Perryville.
The 1862 Battle of Perryville was the largest battle in the state of Kentucky and fought between Union General Carlos Buell’s Army of Ohio and the Confederate Army of Mississippi under General Braxton Bragg. Perryville proved to be a violent precursor to the bloody battles between what would become the Union Army of the Cumberland and the Confederate Army of Tennessee. Young commanders named Cleburne, Cheatham, Polk, Buckner, and Sheridan fought to a tactical Confederate victory only to be followed by a Confederate retreat back towards Nashville.
A graduate of Emory and Henry College with a graduate degree in Public History from the State University of New York, Kolakowski has had numerous assignments interpreting and preserving American military history including time with the National Park Service, Civil War Preservation Trust and United States Army Reserve. From 2005-2008 he was the Executive Director of the Perryville Enhancement Project during which time the Perryville Battlefield Park added 152 acres of critical battleground while increasing Perryville’s national profile. In 2009 he published The Civil War at Perryville: Battling for the Bluegrass. Kolakowski is currently the Director of the General George Patton Museum of Leadership in Fort Knox, Kentucky. In 2012 the U.S. Army will publish his work on the 1862 Virginia Campaigns as part of its sesquicentennial series on the Civil War.