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The Living History events will be held at the park on Saturday April 10th and Sunday April 11th this year. Below is a link to the announcement on the Shiloh NPS web site, followed by a copy of the announcment itself...

Living History Weekend

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Living Historians on Shiloh Battlefield

Shiloh Anniversary Living History Demonstrations Date:  4/10/2010, 4/11/2010

Time:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location:  Shiloh Battlefield

Details:

148th Anniversary Living History Weekend

Tentative Schedule of Events

Saturday, April 10, 2010

8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m...Confederate Encampment Open to the Public...Camp Area.

The public is welcome to visit the period campsites. These sites will display how an army would have pitched camps with company streets and equipage. Six Sibley tents will show visitors how Confederates spent the night of April 6, 1862, in captured Union camps.

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m..Navies of the American Civil War .......Visitor Center Area

Chuck Veit and members of the U.S. Naval Landing Party and Navy and Marine Living History Association will discuss the roles played by the navies in the Civil War. He will also describe daily life at sea, ships, weapons, submarines, and the part the Union navy played in the Battle of Shiloh.

 

10:00 a.m...........Artillery Demonstration..............Demonstration Site

Reenactors from Morton`s Artillery Battery will describe the types of cannon and ammunition used during the Civil War and how to load a cannon. Firings will demonstrate how an artillery battery can fire by gun, by section, or by battery.

11:00 a.m............Infantry Demonstration ..................Demonstration Site

Infantry reenactors will present information on the common soldier and his uniform and equipment, and will perform tactical demonstrations, which will include weapons firings.

12:00 Noon.........Cavalry Demonstration........................Demonstration Site

Company D, 7th Tennessee Cavalry will present mounted demonstrations. These presentations will provide information on cavalry tactics, weapons, and horse equipage. The company will also perform a saber drill, demonstrating the cavalryman`s ability to use the weapon both offensively and defensively.

12:30 p.m.....52nd Regimental Band - Civil War Music........... Demonstration Site

The 52nd Regimental Band, based in Memphis, Tennessee, will perform popular and patriotic songs that Civil War soldiers would have sung.

2:00 p.m..............Field Medical Demonstration.............Demonstration Site

The 1st Mississippi Medical Corps will demonstrate the equipment and tasks of Civil War medical personnel.

2:30 p.m.....52nd Regimental Band - Civil War Music.............Demonstration Site

The 52nd Regimental Band, based in Memphis, Tennessee, will perform popular and patriotic songs that Civil War soldiers would have sung.

3:00 p.m......Combined Arms Demonstration ....................Demonstration Site

This demonstration will combine artillery, cavalry, and infantry on the field at the same time. A narration will describe how the three branches would participate in a pitched battle as the combined branches conduct weapons firings.

Sunday April 11, 2010

 

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.....Confederate Encampment Open to the Public ....Camp Area

The public is welcome to visit the period campsites. These sites will display how an army would have pitched camps with company streets and equipage. Six Sibley tents will show visitors how Confederates spent the night of April 6, 1862, in captured Union camps.

9:00 a.m.....Church Service - Shiloh Methodist Church ..........Tour Stop # 7

The public is welcome to join in worship on the original site of Shiloh Church.

9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m......Navies of the American Civil War ......Visitor Center Area

Chuck Veit and members of the U.S. Naval Landing Party and Navy and Marine Living History Association will discuss the roles played by the navies in the Civil War. He will also describe daily life at sea, ships, weapons, submarines, and the part the Union navy played in the Battle of Shiloh.

12:00 p.m.......Field Medical Demonstration..................Demonstration Site

The 1st Mississippi Medical Corps will demonstrate the equipment and tasks of Civil War medical personnel.

12:30 p.m.....Artillery Demonstration .......................Demonstration Site

Reenactors from Morton`s Artillery Battery will describe the types of cannon and ammunition used during the Civil War and how to load a cannon. Firings will demonstrate how an artillery battery can fire by gun, by section, or by battery.

1:00 p.m. ......Cavalry Demonstration ........................Demonstration Site

Company D, 7th Tennessee Cavalry will present mounted demonstrations. These presentations will provide information on cavalry tactics, weapons, and horse equipage. The company will also perform a saber drill, demonstrating the cavalryman`s ability to use the weapon both offensively and defensively.

1:30 p.m.......Infantry Demonstration .........................Demonstration Site

Infantry reenactors will present information on the common soldier and his uniform and equipment, and will perform tactical demonstrations, which will include weapons firings.

2:00 p.m....52nd Regimental Band - Civil War Music ...........Demonstration Site

The 52nd Regimental Band, based in Memphis, Tennessee, will perform popular and patriotic songs that Civil War soldiers would have sung.

2:30 p.m.....Combined Arms Demonstration ................Demonstration Site

This demonstration will combine artillery, cavalry, and infantry on the field at the same time. A narration will describe how the three branches would participate in a pitched battle as the combined branches conduct weapons firings.

Special Notes:

*Be cautious around horses and mules, open fire pits, tent ropes, and camp equipage.

*Black powder weapons produce severe noise; be mindful of your hearing, especially children. Concussions from cannon will activate car alarms.

*Inclement weather will cancel all programs.

*Pets are permitted only on a leash. Bear in mind that loud noises might frighten animals.

Fees:$3 per person; $5 per family

Contact:Shiloh Battlefield Visitor Center

731-689-5696

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The living history event is such a delight to watch & photograph and learn from. I had a great time there last year. It is a great educational opportunity for those with children or anyone else as well. It would be fun to participate in.

I am going to attend the Idaho Civil War Volunteers annual safety refresher training on the 13th. Maybe I can then join the cannon firing crew. Actually I think I could if I just go buy a uniform.:)

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