To: Kentucky Department of Parks
Danville-Boyle County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau
Perryville Enhancement Project
Kentucky Department of Tourism
Office of the Lieutenant Governor, State of Kentucky
Office of the Governor, State of Kentucky
Courier Journal Newspaper
Harold Leader Newspaper
Reenactors of Kentucky
From: Blue-Gray Alliance Command structure
Re: Concerns related to the Battle of Perryville Reenactment
Date: 22 January 2010
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen of Kentucky,
The multiple success of the Perryville Battlefield Preservation Association in combination with the efforts of the staff of the Perryville Battlefield Park are well known and greatly appreciated, not only in Kentucky, but across these United States. These successes have often times been directly supported by Civil War Reenactors from Kentucky and surrounding states, mostly through active participation in the annual battle reenactment held in early October of each year.
The issue at hand involves a collective concern that there appears to be a leveraging of the existing Perryville Battlefield Park for the benefit of a few selected, appearing to be tied to the open practice of nepotism and includes the intentional alienation of selected Civil War reenacting groups and individuals who have, for any number of reasons, taken positions in the reenacting hobby opposite that of the Park staff responsible for overseeing scheduled Living Histories and Civil War reenactments at the Perryville Battlefield Park.
Recently, Cleburne’s Division of the Blue-Gray Alliance was contacted and requested to serve as the Confederate Command and principle CS force for the 2012 event. As part of Cleburne’s Division’s ability to support a Regional and/or National Level event our active partnership with the Union component of the Blue-Gray Alliance, The First Federal Division is included in our assessment of ability to meet the requirements of the support event. The Perryville opportunity for 2012 fell under these criteria.
All Brigades of the FFD discussed this event and felt that given a choice, they would prefer to attend a different location. Then given the opportunity to attend a different location for the 150th, they chose to do so.
When the Perryville Reenactment coordinators where contacted concerning the organization of both the Union and Confederate forces for the 2012 event, we were advised in no uncertain terms that the Federal force would not be commanded by the 1st Federal Division’s existing command structure.
For these reasons we regret to inform you that Cleburne's Division has made the decision not to attend the 2012 Perryville reenactment. This decision was made in general assembly of the Cleburne's Division membership as well as polling of all FFD Brigade members just prior to the 150th Leadership Conference held the second weekend of January, 2010 in Chickamauga, Georgia. A representative section of both Divisions, including all Senior Commanders, was present. After discussion of the Perryville event at some length, including a detailed dialog concerning this Division’s responsibility to our Blue-Gray Alliance partners, The First Federal Division, a unanimous vote to not attend the event was made by all of those present.
We will close by saying that it is our most sincere hope that an air of cooperation between all reenacting organizations will one day exist at the Perryville Battlefield site. That spirit of cooperation in the planning and execution of reenacting events is vitally necessary to the success and continuation of our beloved hobby. Should it be within your power to review existing conditions at the Perryville Battlefield Park we would respectfully submit that your action would prove to be most warranted.
We thank you for your consideration of Cleburne's Division as the Confederate Command for Perryville 2012, but feel that our first duty is to our Blue-Gray Alliance membership and their wishes.
General Joe Way
General Terry Crowder
The First Federal Division