Shiloh National Military Park Will Commemorate the 156th Anniversary of the Battle

SHILOH, Tenn. – Shiloh National Military Park will commemorate the 156th anniversary of the battle by offering a variety of real-time hikes and interpretive programs April 5-8.

On Saturday, April 7, the park will host a large scale living history program featuring infantry, cavalry, and artillery demonstrations, an exhibit on navies of the Civil War, a book signing, and lectures on a female Civil War physician.

Volunteers and rangers will lead hikes and all access car caravan tours on a variety of subjects, from general battle overviews to actions at specific locations. Some of the tours have limited space, so individuals should pre-register for hikes and tours by calling the Shiloh visitor center at 731-689-5696. A complete schedule of tours is attached to this release, and also posted on the park website at www.nps.gov/shil.

Registered participants should meet the guides at the appointed sites and times, and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather and terrain. Visitors attending more than one hike are encouraged to have food and water available. Insect repellent and sunscreen is also recommended.

On Saturday, April 7, Shiloh will present large-scale living history demonstrations on the battlefield. Living historians will demonstrate the tactics, drill, and firing procedures utilized by the infantry, cavalry, and artillery during the Civil War. This year will mark the largest grouping of cannon on the battlefield for a demonstration. Three batteries of four guns each will be drilling and firing during the event making it the largest concentration of artillery in Duncan Field since 1862. Living historians will display an exhibit on navies during the Civil War. The display will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the front lawn of the visitor center.

Author Elizabeth Coachman will present a lecture on 19th century physician, writer, feminist, and progressive reformer, Dr. Mary Jane Safford. After 10-years of research, Coachman published the book “Mary Jane Safford, MD: Indomitable Mite” which presents the fascinating story of this larger-than-life woman in the 19th century. There will be two programs presented in the park’s visitor center auditorium. The first program at 2 pm will last 30 minutes. The second program at 5 p.m. will be one-hour in length.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/shil.

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Cindy Dupree

Director of Public Relations
cindy.dupree@tn.gov
615) 741-9010