The two-day event set in the rolling foot hills of Hardin and McNairy Counties in West Tennessee will feature daily battles, Civil War encampments, sutler area, 1860s food, an evening ball, Civil War music and arts and crafts.
“We’re really excited about coming to Tennessee for the first time. Shiloh and the surrounding region is a beautiful area we can’t wait to work in,” said Earl Zeckman, co-chairman of the Atlanta Campaign who will produce the Shiloh reenactment. “We’ll spend the entire week at Shiloh getting ready for two amazing days of battles for the public.”
Public engagements to be reenacted include the Battle of the Hornets Nest at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 and the Battle of Grant’s Counterattack at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 9. The battles will take place on Joe Dillon Road in Michie, Tenn.
Gates open each day at 9:30 a.m. with a Ladies Tea scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday and a church service planned at 10 a.m. on Sunday.
A Military Ball is also slanted for 8 p.m. on Saturday night in the activity tent.
“The reenactment will feature more than 40 pieces of artillery. Some will be horse-drawn,” said Zeckman. “Both days will feature encampments and other activities throughout the day before and after the battles.”
Spectators can gain access into the battle area each day. Adults are $10 per day, children 6 to 17 are $5 per day and children under 6 can enter for free. Parking will also be charged at $5 per vehicle, per day. Due to the remote location, only cash will be accepted.
“The long range forecast looks good,” added Zeckman. “I think everything is setting up for a good battle.”
The Atlanta Campaign Inc. is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to educate students and help preservation and restoration projects with a monetary donation wherever and whenever possible.
“We are a corporation owned by local reenactors in the Atlanta area,” said Zeckman. “After everything has been paid after a reenactment, we donate any raised funds to Civil War Trust projects.”
Zeckman said his company has been producing reenactments for more than 14 years in the Atlanta area.
Next weekend’s Shiloh battle will be their first venture into Tennessee.
The two-day reenactment is only a portion of the full slate of events planned for the anniversary weekend.
The National Park Service has 21 different hikes, programs and tours scheduled for April 5-9 at Shiloh National Military Park.
The reenactment is not held on National Park Service land.
(For more reenactment information, visit shiloh155th.com or contact Zeckman at 770-296-1870. For more park related event information, visit nps.gov/shil or contact 731-689-5696.)