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Volunteers Needed for Shiloh's 150th Grand Illumination

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Date: February 19, 2012
Contact: Heather Smedley, 731-689-5696


Shiloh National Military Park is seeking volunteers to help with activities on Saturday April 7, 2012. In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh, park staff and volunteers will be placing and lighting 23,746 luminaries around the battlefield, which will represent the total casualties of the bloody two-day fight.

"Any help would be appreciated," said park ranger Joe Davis, "it should be a very moving and satisfying ceremony, as we honor those Americans who sacrificed everything during this terrible battle." Anyone interested in volunteering at the park is asked to call ranger Heather Smedley at (731) 689-5696 or email her at heather_smedley@nps.gov to sign up. More information on Shiloh Battlefield's sesquicentennial events is available at www.nps.gov/shil.


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Shiloh National Cemetery

Shiloh National Cemetery was established in 1866. In that year, the War Department removed the Federal bodies from the battlefield and placed them in the cemetery. Today, around 4,000 military veterans lay in the quiet and secluded location on the banks of the Tennessee River.