History comes to life

Dr. Curt Fields will portray Gen. U.S. Grant during the Generals' Breakfast set for Saturday, April 4, at the Cherry Mansion in Savannah, Tenn.

SAVANNAH, Tenn. -- The Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce that ticket sales for the 8th annual Generals Breakfast at Cherry Mansion have begun.

The event will be held on Saturday, April 4, beginning at 9 a.m. on the lawn of the historic home in Savannah.

Cherry Mansion came of note during the Civil War when Union General Ulysses S. Grant made his headquarters at the home during the Battle of Shiloh.

Tickets for the event are $17 each and include breakfast, a storytelling program by the attending generals and a tour of Cherry Mansion. Tours are for breakfast ticket holders only and are immediately following the breakfast performance.

"General U.S. Grant, portrayed by renowned historian Dr. Curt Fields, will be joined at his headquarters by his rival, Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard, portrayed by historian Larry McCluney Jr. These first-person living history portrayals are a unique and fun recounting of historical events and famous people, making for some great storytelling. Visitors will also have the opportunity to tour the mansion, that is now a private home, and hear the history inside and out," said Hardin County Tourism Director Beth Pippin.

Pippin added that this event has grown each year over the last eight years and there is a limited number of tickets available sold in advance only. The breakfast is an outside venue under a heated tent enclosure.

This event is one of many being held during the 158th anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh. The day continues by offering a visit to the Tennessee River Museum in downtown Savannah and then people are encouraged to follow in Grant's footsteps taking the trip across the river to Shiloh National Military Park.

Battlefield ranger-led hikes, car caravans, interpretive events, cannon-firing and even a vintage baseball doubleheader will be presented during the anniversary week of April 4-7 at Shiloh National Military Park.

Tickets for breakfast are available now at the Tennessee River Museum or on-line under events at tourhardincounty.org.

(For more information on the Battle of Shiloh visit tourhardincounty.org or nps.gov/shil.)

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