FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 22, 2013) — The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a historical marker at the Kirkland Home at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at 1470 Battlefield Road in Perryville.

Charles King Kirkland and Caroline Purdom Kirkland lived near the dedication site at the time of the Civil War. To escape the Battle of Perryville, they traveled 10 miles south with their three young children to the home of Mrs. Kirkland’s father in nearby Forkland. When they returned a few days later, they found their home had been used as a hospital and much of their property was destroyed. Their dining room table was being used for operations, and their clothes had been torn for bandages. Furniture, fences and outbuildings were burned for fuel and farm animals killed for food. The family soon sold the farm and moved south to Forkland.


This marker is presented by the Kirkland family.

The Kentucky Historical Marker Program, administered by KHS in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, tells Kentucky’s story through the people, places and events that have shaped local communities across the Commonwealth. These markers highlight the importance of place in Kentucky’s collective history, in order to build strong communities for the future. The markers are on-the-spot history lessons that make connections between history, place and historical evidence housed in the Commonwealth’s many historical organizations. Through the program, Kentucky’s history is made accessible to the public on markers along the state’s roadways; online at
www.history.ky.gov/markers and via the Explore Kentucky History smartphone application available for free at iTunes and Google Play.

For more information, contact Becky Riddle, Kentucky Historical Marker program coordinator, at 502-564-1792, ext. 4474 or



An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Kentucky Historical Society, established in 1836, is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky's history by providing connections to the past, perspective on the present and inspiration for the future. The KHS history campus includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit www.history.ky.gov.



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