Event Details

  • Everyday from 04/04/2013 to 04/06/2013

    Early War U.S. Grant
    Location: Shiloh Visitor Center Auditorium Fee Information: Free Contact Name: Visitor Center Contact Phone Number: 731-689-5696

As part of Shiloh's 151st anniversary battle commemoration, the park will be hosting three nights of special ranger programs. These programs will take place April 4, 5, and 6, in the Shiloh Visitor Auditorium and are free and open to the public. 

On Thursday, April 4, park volunteer Dr. Jeff Gentsch, from the University of West Alabama, will present "From Farmlands to Ravines: the Geography of Shiloh Hill." Dr. Gentsch will discuss how the varying terrain of Shiloh played a role in how events unfolded at Shiloh. The public is invited to participate in discussions examining battlefield terrain by comparing the Battle of Shiloh to other events such as: the Second Punic War, the American Revolution, and World Wars I and II. The program will take place from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm.

On Friday, April 5, Park Ranger Charlie Spearman will present "U.S. Grant before Shiloh: A Life Rescued from Oblivion." At the start of the Civil War U.S. Grant was a thirty-eight year old failure and the least likely of former army officers to emerge as commander and chief. This program will concentrate on Grant's life from his birth in Point Pleasant, Ohio, up to the Civil War, and the steps that carrier him to Shiloh and launched him on the path to Union victory and the Presidency. The program will take place from 6:00 p m - 7:00 pm. 

On Saturday, April 6, "POWs of Shiloh: the Experiences of Captured Union Soldiers in 1862" will be presented. Join Ranger Chris Mekow as he discusses the fate of nearly 2,300 Union soldiers captured in the Hornet's Nest at 5:30 pm on April 6, 1862. This program will include eyewitness accounts of soldiers who survived almost six months in Confederate captivity. Following the power-point presentation, the short 27-minute documentary "Echoes of Captivity" will be shown. This film, produced by Andersonville National Park, introduces viewers to American prisoners-of-war throughout history, including interviews with former POWs from World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam and the first Gulf War.  This program will take place from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm.  

Please contact the Visitor Center at 731-689-5696 to register for all programs.  


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