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Firing demonstrations set at Shiloh
by Zack Steen
Jul 16, 2014 | 66 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The roar of cannons will be an eerie sound heard Saturday at the Shiloh National Military Park.

The park will host cannon firing demonstrations on the battlefield with scheduled demos to take place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. The gun will be fired three times during each of the free demonstrations.

“These demonstrations will hopefully allow visitors to get a sense of the destructive power of the weapon,” said Ranger Joe Davis. “It will also help people understand the terrible experience Shiloh soldiers faced when confronting massed artillery.”

The demonstrations will include the Shiloh Cannon Crew, firing a 6-pounder gun, across the street from the park visitor center.

“The 6-pounder field gun was the most prevalent big gun in the Battle of Shiloh, making up 40 percent of all field pieces on the battlefield,” added Davis.

Each program will last approximately 30 minutes, and interpret the weapon, projectiles, and procedures Civil War artillery crews used to load, aim and fire the gun during the war.

The park will also offer ranger-led tours and programs on Sunday. A schedule of programs will be available at the visitor center front desk that morning.

(For more information, contact 731-689-5696.)
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