A Civil War Valentine at Shiloh Battlefield

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News Release Date: January 31, 2014

Contact: Heather Henson, 731-689-5696

"Shiloh National Military Park is inviting children to participate in a Civil War Valentine's Day program on February 8, at 2:00 pm", Superintendent John Bundy announced today. "We are excited to present this fun filled, yet educational opportunity to area children. This unique hour long program will introduce young people to how Valentine's Day was celebrated 152 years ago in our nation" stated Superintendent Bundy. 

Children will gain insight into the history of Valentine's Day, Valentine keepsakes, and how soldiers celebrated the holiday during the Civil War. In the early 1800s most Valentine cards and keepsakes were handmade, and had become the most popular way to express feelings of love. During the Civil War, they combined sentiments of patriotism, love, duty, and loss. The keepsakes appealed to the soldiers who were far away from their loved ones, and were cherished when received in camp. 

A particular type of keepsake was the puzzle purse; which is an intricately folded piece of paper that reveals a love message, or another Valentine surprise. Each child will construct a Civil War Valentine puzzle purse to give to someone special. 

If your child is interested in attending the annual Civil War Valentine program, please register by contacting Heather Henson at 731-689-5696.

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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Shiloh , TN 38376


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