Booming on the Battlefield: Civil War Artillery Demonstrations Return to Shiloh

August 1, 2023

On Saturday, August 5, and Sunday, August 6, the roar of cannon will return to Shiloh National Military Park. The scheduled firing demonstrations will be presented by the Shiloh cannon crew, firing a 6-pounder field piece. Please meet for the program across the street from the park visitor center.

Park living historians will fire the gun, introduce the equipment and tools of the 19th century cannoneers, and tell the story of how these powerful guns impacted the outcome of battle at
Shiloh. The park hopes this special experience will help you imagine the smell and sounds of the 1862 battlefield.

The cannon firing demonstrations will take place at 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:00 pm on Saturday and at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:30 pm on Sunday. Each program will last
approximately 20-minutes, and interpret the weapons, projectiles, and procedures Civil War artillery crews used during the war.

The bookstore at Shiloh Battlefield will be open during normal operating hours from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. The award-winning park film, Shiloh: Fiery Trial, is being shown in the park
visitor center auditorium at the top of the hour starting at 8:00 am with the last showing at 4:00 pm. There is never a fee for park programs or to enter Shiloh National Military Park.

For more information on this and other events at Shiloh please contact the park visitor center at 731-689-5696, visit the park website at, find us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter @ShilohNPS.