Shiloh Cannon Firing Demonstration
NPS photo by Chris Mekow
April 25, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CANNON FIRING DEMONSTRATIONS
"The sound of cannon fire will again rumble across
"The weekend interpretive programs will focus on Civil War artillery and specifically on the combat roll played by
"Soldiers wrote about the devastating effects of the artillery fire they experienced during the battle. One Union solider recalled how artillery shells began to crash among the trees, exploding above the heads of his regiment, remarking it caused them to hug the ground in earnest. Another eye-witness stated that for hundreds of yards the brush had been chopped to pieces by the heavy storm of projectiles, looking to him like a corn field that had been topped. It is hoped that these weekend interpretive presentations will provide the public an opportunity to visualize what the soldiers endured at Shiloh, as they fought for the beliefs they held dear," added Harrell.
Each cannon firing interpretive program will last approximately 30 minutes, with one six-pounder cannon being fired three times during each presentation. The programs will include information on the different types of cannon and projectiles used during the war, and will describe the process used to load and fire a Civil War cannon.
The demonstration times are as follows:
Saturday, April 30, 2011 Sunday, May 1, 2011
11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m.
The current park entrance fee is $3 per person and $5 per family. The public can make further inquiries about the programs by contacting the park