I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend. We spent Memorial Day at Shiloh National Military Park. If you aren't from around these parts, check out the Shiloh website. Even growing up less than 2 hours from Shiloh, I had never been. The American History class in high school always took a field trip there, until one rowdy class ruined it for the rest of us coming up after them.
The Battle of Shiloh was one of the first major battles in the Western Theater of the American Civil War. The two-day battle, April 6 and April 7, 1862, involved about 65,000 Union troops under Ulysses S. Grant and Don Carlos Buell and 44,000 Confederates under Albert Sidney Johnston (killed in the battle) and P.G.T. Beauregard. The battle resulted in nearly 24,000 killed, wounded, and missing. The two days of fighting did not end in a decisive tactical victory for either side—the Union held the battlefield but failed to pursue the withdrawing Confederate forces. Strategically, however, it was a decisive defeat for the Confederate forces that had concentrated to oppose Grant's and Buell's invasion through Tennessee. The battlefield is named after Shiloh Methodist Church, a small log church near Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee.
Ok--back to 2010.
My hubby has always been a history buff since I've known him. But mostly WWII buff. When the movie Pearl Harbor came out in the cinemas, it was not fun sitting beside him while he critiqued everything :) Guns, tanks, planes, you name it...He really needs to be a consultant in Hollywood.
He recently bought a metal detector for fun, and the next thing I knew, he had 'enlisted' in the 51st Tennessee Infantry Regiment, a Civil War re-enactment group.
Today, there were 2 memorial services at Shiloh--one at the main National Cemetary, and the 2nd service was located at the one of the five burial trenches.
Since this was his first time, his 'initiation' was black gunpowder on the face & hands
And who would have thought a Hooter girl would be there!!!