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Tennessee commemorates 150th anniversary of Shiloh

Courtesy Shiloh National Military Park

SHILOH, Tenn. – Exactly 24,746 luminaries will shine across a Civil War battlefield to honor those killed, wounded or missing for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh. The Shiloh National Military Park will hold the “Grand Illumination” event on the evening of April 7, as part of a series of events on March 29 through April 8.

Reenactments will feature more than 6,000 reenactors and more than 100 cannons from March 29 to April 1. Sponsored by The Armies of Tennessee and the Blue-Gray Alliance, one reenactment army will march from Mississippi to Shiloh to meet another army of reenactors coming from the North. The battles will be re-created according to historical records on land adjacent to the Shiloh National Military Park.

The nearby Pickwick Landing State Park will host some of the opening Shiloh-related events, including the premier of the new documentary film, “Shiloh: Fiery Trail” on April 4. The Official Opening Ceremony will occur the next day with a Shiloh forum of historians, living history demonstrations and a special Sesquicentennial Civil War Exhibit.

From April 6-8, visiting groups can experience numerous other scheduled activities at Shiloh National Military Park, including ranger-led hikes, car caravan tours and a 14th Missouri Infantry Exhibit.

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