Shiloh National Military Park continues to fill summertime weekends, and next up on the calendar are a bicycle tour and kids’ camp.
This Saturday’s bicycle excursion explores the Confederate monuments of the battlefield, while a children’s day camp will follow on the next Saturday, July 31, for those in grades 1 through 5.
“We hope the fun-filled, yet educational activities will introduce young people to history and the importance of preserving places like Shiloh,” said Superintendent Allen Etheridge.
The ranger-led “Meaning of Monuments (Confederate)” tour will explore the efforts of those who placed the monuments so that soldiers who fought there would never be forgotten and the significance of the location of the monuments.
It is a 6-mile tour on moderate terrain, beginning at the park visitor center at 10 a.m. and going until noon. All but one of the monuments are located next to the roadway. Riders will walk their bike to the monuments located off the paved surface.
Participants must provide their own bikes, and those under 16 must wear a helmet. The tour is free but advance registration is required by calling (731) 689-5696.
The kids’ day camp is free and will run from 10 a.m. to noon. Children will get involved in hands-on activities such as making their own regimental flag and participating in a “school of the soldier,” during which they will use toy rifles to learn different Civil War marching drills and the nine steps required to load and fire a Civil War musket.
Participants will need to bring water, snacks, bug spray and sunscreen.
Registration is required by calling (731) 689-5696.