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Battle of Perryville

In the late summer of 1862, the Confederate forces continued their effort to control Border State areas. Braxton Bragg led his Army of Tennessee from Chattanooga into neighboring Kentucky. On the 8th of October, 1862, the invading force was met by Major General Don Carlos Buell near the small community of Perryville, about 10 miles west of Danville. No clear victor emerged from a very confused battle, but the Confederate forces retreated to Murfreesboro in Tennessee. The South was again unsuccessful in prying loose a Border State from the Union. The Confederates employed 16,000 men in the battle, sustaining 3,396 casualties. On the other side, the Union forces consisted of 22,000 men and endured 4,241 casualties.