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Why was the Battle of Perryville in the Civil War so important?

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The Battle of Perryville is not one of the better-known battles of the Civil War.  It is mainly important because of its strategic impact on the war.

The Battle of Perryville was fought in October of 1862.  It was fought in Kentucky, which was a state that stayed in the...

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The Battle of Perryville is not one of the better-known battles of the Civil War.  It is mainly important because of its strategic impact on the war.

The Battle of Perryville was fought in October of 1862.  It was fought in Kentucky, which was a state that stayed in the Union even though slavery was legal there.  After the Battle of Perryville, the Confederates withdrew from the state.  This allowed the Union to retain control of the state for the remainder of the war.  This prevented the CSA from taking the state and, thereby, coming to look more credible in the eyes of European countries that might have recognized it if it had done so.

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