On the first weekend of November, cannons will once again ring out along the Tennessee River in both Benton and Humphreys County, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Johnsonville. The Civil War battle occurred on November 4, 1864, when troops under Confederate cavalry leader Nathan Bedford Forrest attacked the Union supply base at Johnsonville from the Benton County side of the river. The attact resulted in the near destruction of the Federal base of supplies at Johnsonville. This year’s event is located in two Tennessee State Parks, Johnsonville State Historic Park in Humphreys County and Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park located in Benton County. The Battle of Johnsonville is the only historical event in the country to have two state parks dedicated to its remembrance. Many activities are planned for each park. On Saturday and Sunday, special living history demonstrations and programs about the Union Army will be offered at Johnsonville State Historic Park and programs about the Confederate Army will be offered at Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park. Programs will be held from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. each day. Guided pontoon boat rides will be offered at Nathan Bedford Forrest, providing visitors an opportunity to see both historic venues from the river. At each park there will be schedule firing demonstrations in the military camps, period civilian activities and Union and Confederate cavalry demonstrations. Additionally, programs for area schools will be offered at both parks on Friday, October 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Tuesday, November 4, on the anniversary of the Battle of Johnsonville, there will be a walking tour offered at Johnsonville State Historic Park. The tour will begin at 1 p.m. and will visit many of the original Union defenses that participated in the Battle of Johnsonville exactly 150 years ago to the day. For more information about the 150th anniversary events call 931-535-2789.
November 1, 2014 - November 4, 2014
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