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Contact: Visitor Center, 931 232 5706 ext 0
Dover, Tennessee-Mr. John Walsh willpresent his exhibition on the Birge’s Western Sharpshooters at Fort Donelson National Battlefield, June 30 thru July 1 from 9:00 am-4:00pm each day. Admission is free. The exhibit contains Civil War period photographs of the men that served with this U.S. regiment such as weapons and other items of interest.
This Union regiment was originally organized as "Birge's Western Sharpshooters" in St. Louis but was mustered in officially as the 14th Missouri Infantry Regiment on November 23, 1861. On February 4, 1862, the sharpshooters received orders to join General Grant's army for the invasion of Tennessee. The soldiers in this regiment had a distinctive appearance, armament, and mission. Each recruit was a selected expert shooter, wearing a squirrel's tail died black in his gray felt cap. Each man carried a long-range Dimmick hunting rifle.
The 14th Missouri remained at FortDonelson until March 5th before moving south to Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee. They fought at the battle of Shiloh as well as the siege of Corinth, Mississippi.
This program is free and open to the public. FortDonelson National Battlefield, one of 391 National Parks, preserves the remains of a Civil War fort, earthworks, surrender site, and national cemetery. A visitor center, with exhibits and a short audiovisual, is open 8 am – 4:30 pm daily. For more information about park programs, contact the Ranger staff at 931-232-5706 or visit the park’s website: www.nps.gov/fodo.