HED:Activities planned for Battle of Shiloh anniversary
By Jane Clark Summers
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
CORINTH - More than 7,000 reenactors are expected to participate in the 135th anniversary observance of the Civil War Battle of Shiloh April 5-6 at Shiloh National Military Park.
Activities are also planned in Corinth to mark the battle which took place in defense of the railroads 22 miles away in Corinth.
Reenactors from across the United States and from several foreign countries are planning to attend the events marking the historic Shiloh battle, said Jennifer Jones, media coordinator for the event sponsored by the Hardin County Tourism Board.
The public is invited to watch the reenactment events beginning at 2 p.m. as groups representing Union and Confederate soldiers portray the assault on the Hornet's Nest. On Sunday at 2 p.m., Union forces counterattack at the Hornet's Nest. The actual battles took place on April 6-7, 1862.
During the battle, bullets sang around the ears of the men in combat like swarms of angry hornets, Confederate combatants reported after the battle. The Union position on that day has since been known as the Hornet's Nest.
Over 60 artillery pieces will be used to recreate the Confederate barrage which pounded the Union defensive position.
There will be a camp dance Saturday night with the Rose of El-A-Noy string band and the 8th Georgia Regimental Brass Band. Those attending the dance must dress in period clothing.
This is the largest reenactment since 1987, when the 125th anniversary of the bloody battle was observed.
Gates will open each day at 9:30 a.m. at the reenactors' campsite. There will be a large sutler area with period articles for sale. Before the main events, there will be military demonstrations and concerts open to the public.
The campsite is located on Pratt Lane off Highway 22, about three miles from Shiloh National Military Park. Confederate Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston, who died in the Battle of Shiloh, camped at this site the night before the battle.
For event or ticket information, call the Hardin County Tourism Board at 1-800-552-3866 or 1(901)925-2364.
The Railroad and Civil War Heritage Society of Corinth is planning a weekend of activities in conjunction with the 135th anniversary observance of the Battle of Shiloh.
The event will be held at the railroad depot in downtown Corinth from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, said Truitt Stockton, a member of the society.
Local entertainment will be presented at 5 p.m.
The Northeast Mississippi Campus Country will perform from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and the Northeast Mississippi Community College Jazz Band will play Saturday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Buddy and Kay Bain of the "Mornin' Show," will entertain Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
There will be food concessions, arts and crafts, dancing and children's rides.
Proceeds will be used to help restore the historic depot.
Curlee House Events
The Friends of the Siege and Battle of Corinth also will host several events at the Curlee House this weekend.
Activities begin Thursday afternoon with videos of the Siege and Battle of Corinth.
There will be a display by C&D Jarnigan Company, a Corinth business which manufactures authentic Civil War clothing.
Signed and number limited edition prints of artist Keith Rocco's "Decision at the Crossroads, Corinth: October 4, 1862," will be on on sale at $150 each.
Living history vignettes coordinated by Corinth Theatre-Arts and live period music will be presented Friday and Saturday. Special tours of the Curlee House and Civil War Interpretative Center will be conducted.
Guided tours of several Siege and Battle of Corinth sites will be offered Saturday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Individuals interested in taking the tour should call 287-9501 by Thursday to reserve a space. Bus tours are $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.
The Curlee House is located on Jackson Street across from Corinth city hall.