Tennessee Commemorates 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh

Picture this: Thousands of luminaries dotting the grasses of Shiloh National Military Park. The candles twinkle in the wind, telling in unison the story of battle and courage. They tell the story of the 23,746 soldiers killed, wounded or missing at Battle of Shiloh.

This grand illumination, which takes place April 7, is but one part of the 150th commemoration of the strategic battle during a series of events taking place March 29-April 8.

The state’s 2012 Sesquicentennial Signature Event, “Invasions by Rail and River: The Battle of Shiloh,” will be held April 4-5 at Pickwick Landing State Park in Pickwick Dam.

The Signature Event begins with the Looking Back project hosted by Tennessee State Library & Archives and also features a teacher’s workshop “Illuminating the Battle” hosted by Middle Tennessee State University’s Center for Historic Preservation. There will be a red carpet film premiere of a state-of-the-art documentary The Story of Shiloh: Fiery Trial at 7 p.m. on April 4. Official Opening Ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. April 5 and will feature a forum with America’s foremost historians on the battle of Shiloh, living history demonstrations, a special Sesquicentennial Civil War exhibit offering rare and unique artifacts from the Battle of Shiloh and a musical performance by The 52nd Regimental String Band. The event will kick off with the firing of an official Shiloh cannon at Pickwick Landing State Park.

Other special activities will take place April 6-8 at Shiloh National Military Park, including special ranger led hikes, at corresponding time and place, 150 years later. For more information on these events, visit

Other events not to be missed on March 29-31 are two reenactments that will feature more than 6,000 re-enactors and more than 100 cannons. The action will unfold during these locally organized reenactment events coordinated and sponsored by The Armies of Tennessee and the Blue-Gray Alliance. The Armies of Tennessee reenactment will feature a march to Shiloh from Mississippi. The Blue-Gray Alliance reenactment will transport soldiers by rail and river, as they were 150 years ago, directly into the battle. To register for these two events visit or

This is a can’t-miss event! We’ve even heard that people will be traveling from all over the world to attend, so grab a pal and we’ll see you there!



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    Bub Sims

    This is a great thing happening thanks for letting me know about it.



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