Cannon Firing Demonstrations at Shiloh
SHILOH - On Saturday, June 21, and Sunday, June 22, Shiloh National Military Park will present cannon firing demonstrations on the battlefield. The scheduled demonstrations will be presented by the Shiloh volunteer cannon crew, firing a 6-pounder gun, across the street from the park visitor center.
"These period correct firing demonstrations allow the public an opportunity to use their imaginations and visualize the immense destruction a cannon could deliver," said Shiloh Ranger Joe Davis. "Of the 246 cannon in the fight, 96 of them were 6-pounders, so they were the most common big gun in the battle of Shiloh," Davis continued.
The cannon firing demonstrations will take place at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm on Saturday and 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:30 pm on Sunday. Each program will last approximately 30-minutes, and interpret the weapon, projectiles, and procedures Civil War artillery crews used to load and fire during the war. Please note that rain or severe weather will cancel the demonstrations.
The museum and bookstore at Shiloh Battlefield will be open during normal operating hours from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on both days. For more information please contact the park visitor center at 731-689-5696, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/shil, or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShilohNMP.
Did You Know?
The Confederate army commander, General Albert Sidney Johnston, was killed at Shiloh on April 6, 1862. In all of American history, he is the highest-ranking American military officer ever to be killed in action.