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Nice write-up about the upcoming hikes in the Times Daily, sent to me by Bob Weaver. Can't swear to it, but I think the paper is in or near Decatur, Alabama. The article is by Dennis Sherer. A link to the paper's web site is at the end of the article. Thanks to Bob for passing this along!


Shiloh hosts glimpse of Civil War history

By Dennis Sherer

Staff Writer

Published: Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 3:30 a.m.

Last Modified: Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 8:50 p.m.

SHILOH - A series of hikes this week at Shiloh National Military Park provide a glimpse of what it might have been like 149 years ago when Union and Confederate armies battled there.

The historical hikes are timed to coincide with when fighting was raging on that part of the battlefield during the Battle of Shiloh on April 6-7, 1862.

The hikes begin before sunrise Wednesday at the Fraley Field portion of the park, which is where the battle began.

Park ranger Chris Mekow said being at the park at the place where the Battle of Shiloh began is an emotional experience.

“Being at Fraley Field at 5 a.m. in the fog and cold is eerie,” Mekow said.

Rachel Baker, director of Hardin County Tourism, said Civil War enthusiasts from throughout the nation converge on the park each year for the hikes that mark the anniversary of the battle.

The Fraley Field hike is the first of nine Wednesday. The hikes are at 5 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Five hikes will be Thursday— 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. — with two on Friday at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. that trace the retreat from Shiloh to Corinth, Miss.

Park Superintendent Woody Harrell said the hikes are much more detailed than the 30-minute hikes at the park during the summer. Each of the in-depth hikes runs about two hours.

“These hikes will provide visitors with a deeper understanding of what occurred during the fierce fighting, describe the real war experiences of the northern and southern soldiers and provide rare opportunities for visitors to access park personnel for extended periods of time on the battlefield,” Harrell said in a news release.

There is no charge to participate in the hikes. Admission to the park is $3 per person or $5 per family. The entrance fee is valid for seven days.

Participation in the hikes is by registration only. Call 731-689-5696.

In addition to the anniversary hikes, living history demonstrations will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 9-10.

Also on April 9, a 150th anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh commencement ceremony will be at 2 p.m. at Cherry Mansion in Savannah.

This event begins the yearlong activities leading up to the 150th anniversary of the battle.

Local and state officials and legislators will attend and discuss the role the battle played in Hardin County history.

Re-enactors from the Armies of Tennessee will host encampments on the grounds of Cherry Mansion from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is $5. For details, call 731-925-8181.

Dennis Sherer can be reached at 256-740-5746 or dennis.sherer@TimesDaily.com


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