On April 6, 1862 over 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers were killed at the Battle of Shiloh 150 miles southwest of Nashville, Tennessee. From March 30 to April 7 the state of Tennessee will be holding several events to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the battle.
More than 5,000 Civil War re-enactors are expected to arrive in Shiloh, TN, they will be brought in the passenger cars of a historic locomotive that will stop in Kansas City, Jefferson City, St. Louis and Memphis on the way. Tennessee’s Shiloh National Military Park will be home to two re-enactments on March 30 through April 1, and then on April 4 the state will begin to host its own commemorative events.
Events throughout the week include regular showings of the film “Shiloh – Fiery Trial“, a forum featuring some of America’s foremost historians on the battle of Shiloh, the firing of an official Shiloh cannon, battlefield hikes, car caravan tours around the Shiloh Battlefield, music, exhibits with rare and unique artifacts from Shiloh along with images, letter and postwar memorabilia and a grand illumination of the park featuring luminaries that represent casualties.
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