Two Horses Perish in Civil War Re-enactment

According to a story posted today on, two horses died during a re-enactment of the Battle of Perryville in Perryville, Ky., the weekend of Oct. 7-8.

Gil Lawson, spokesman for the state Department of Parks, told, "About all I know is that we had two horses that had to be put down," Lawson said. "We did have a veterinarian on site because we had so many horses. This was something that the veterinarian and horse owners made decisions about, but I don't have any other details."

The article says that according to hearsay and posts on a re-enactment web site report, one horse might have died from "a heart attack while standing in the harnesses and waiting to go on the field," and the other sustained a leg fracture when it stepped in a hole. The re-enactment of Kentucky's largest Civil War Battle featured several hundred horses. More than 3,800 soldiers portrayed soldiers and civilians.

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Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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