It was perhaps inevitable that Stuart Sanders of Danville would write a book about the Civil War. He grew up in Lexington, Va., where Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee is buried. Sanders is distantly related to Mary Todd Lincoln, the Lexington, Ky.-born wife of Civil War President Abraham Lincoln. Sanders’ great-great-grandfather was a Union surgeon at the Battle of Perryville on Oct. 8, 1862. Another distant relative fought with the Confederates at Perryville. And Sanders is former executive director of the Perryville Battlefield Preservation Association.
Sanders, a 1995 graduate of Centre College, has written numerous articles about the Civil War and has contributed to books about the conflict. Now, as Perryville prepares to mark the 150th anniversary of the battle, he has written his own book, Perryville Under Fire: The Aftermath of Kentucky’s Largest Civil War Battle (The History Press, $19.99). It tells how Perryville residents and citizens of nearby communities dealt with wounded and sick soldiers who filled homes, churches, schools, barns and sheds. “Many residents never recovered — economically or psychologically — from the aftermath,” Sanders writes.
The Herald-Leader sat down with Sanders at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort to talk about the book. An edited version of the interview follows.
Question: The nightmarish scenes you depict in the book might be some of the most horrific non-fiction I’ve……
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