SHILOH – “The sound of cannon fire rumbled again across Shiloh battlefield throughout the weekend of May 29 and 30,” announced Superintendent Allen Etheridge. On Saturday and Sunday, park volunteers dressed in period uniforms presented cannon firing demonstrations in the open area south of the park’s visitor center in honor of Memorial Day weekend.
The Shiloh Cannon Crew fired a reproduction 6-pounder Field Piece and introdced visitors to the proper drill, ammunition, and equipment used by Civil War artillerists.
“These period correct firing demonstrations allow the public an opportunity to use their imaginations and visualize the immense destruction a cannon could deliver,” said Etheridge. Of the 246 cannon in the Battle of Shiloh, 96 of them were 6-pounders, making them the most common big gun on the battlefield.
On Saturday there were five demonstrations at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm. On Sunday, there were four demonstrations at 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, and 2:30 pm. Each demonstration lasted approximately 20-minutes and include two cannon firings.
All demonstrations were free and open to the public. For more information on future events, please call the Shiloh visitor center at 731-689-5696 or check our website at www.nps.gov/shil and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ShilohNMP, or follow Shiloh on Twitter @ShilohNPS. Rain or lightning will cancel cannon firing demonstrations.