Everyday from 07/20/2013 to 07/21/2013
Location: Near Visitor Center | Map Time: 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM,11:00 AM to 11:30 AM,1:00 PM to 1:30 PM,2:00 PM to 2:30 PM,3:00 PM to 3:30 PM,2:30 PM to 3:00 PM Fee Information: Free Contact Name: Jim Lewis Contact Email: e-mail us Contact Phone Number: 615-893-9501
Stones River National Battlefield holds an artillery encampment and battery firing programs on Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21, 2013. Cannons and crews from several states will assemble on the battlefield to tell the story of the artillery at the Battle of Stones River and demonstrate the firing of Civil War cannon. The physical and psychological impact of artillery played a critical role in the Union victory at Stones River. Union artillery batteries stopped Confederate attacks at the most crucial moments of the fight.
The big guns will fire near the visitor center each day at 10 and 11 AM, 1, 2, and 3 PM on Saturday July 20th and 10 and 11 AM, 1 and 2 PM on Sunday July 21st. Each program will feature the the story of soldier who served the big guns during the Battle of Stones River.
Visitors will get a chance to try their hand at artillery drill at 10:30, 11:30, and 1:30 each day as the soldiers take them to the guns for intense instruction in the art of firing a cannon. At 2:30, the artificers will share their role in keeping the cannons in fighting trim. The battery camp will be open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to join the soldiers and civilians and ask them questions about life on and off the battlefield.
9 AM - Camp Open to the Public
10 AM - Artillery Firing Demonstration - Watch the cannons fire and hear the story of one of the Union cannoneers who helped win the Battle of Stones River.
10:30 AM - Knapsack Inspection- Visitors will help officers search the men's equipment for contraband.
11 AM - Artillery Firing Demonstration
11:30 PM - Awkward Squad - Visitors will try their hand at the drill for loading and firing a cannon.
1 PM - Artillery Firing Demonstration
1:30 PM - Awkward Squad
2 PM - Artillery Firing Demonstration
2:30 PM - An Artificers Work is Never Done - Visitors will gather at the battery wagon in camp and learn about the men who worked round the clock to keep the cannons ready to fight.
3 PM - Artillery Firing Demonstration