SHILOH, TN – May 2, 2019 – Shiloh National Military Park will present its first Concert in the Park for 2019 beginning 5:30 p.m. May 25 in commemoration of Memorial Day weekend.
The free concert on the lawn in front of the park Visitor Center will feature the 41st Army Jazz Band of the Mississippi Army National Guard and Sandy Carroll. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets to the concert.
McNairy County native and singer/songwriter Sandy Carroll wrote and recorded the song “Memphis in May,” which became the unofficial theme for the annual Memphis in May event, and in 1989 the legendary bluesman Albert King recorded her song “If You Got It” for his final album. Since then, Carroll has released seven solo CDs, several singles, been part of a half-dozen Memphis music compilation CDs, and has a song on a Grammy-nominated album. Carroll’s 2013 CD, “Unnaturally Blonde,” received international acclaim and substantial radio play on Americana radio stations. Her latest CD entitled ‘The Last Southern Belle,” hit No. 1 on the roots charts for six weeks, and also hit No. 1 on the Hot Indie charts 100 charts. In 2015, Carroll was named a “Memphis Music Emissary” in recognition of her contributions to Memphis music.
The renowned 41st Army Jazz Band of the Mississippi Army National Guard is made up of more than 36 soldiers from six states. The band has been established for 50 years providing entertainment for military and civilians alike, both in the United States and internationally. The 41st Army Band is the musical ambassador for the Mississippi Army National Guard and performs at a variety of venues including official ceremonies, festivals, recruiting tours and community relations events.
The park will have a Junior Ranger booth set up for the kids noon Saturday, May 25. Children can work on three different Junior Ranger booklets in order to earn three different Junior Ranger badges. Temporary arrowhead tattoos and coloring sheets will be available as well as a Civil War-era picture booth. Activities related to Shiloh veteran John Wesley Powell will be a highlight. Powell, who lost his right arm at Shiloh, explored and mapped the Colorado River and Grand Canyon after the war. This year we celebrate the 150th anniversary of his expedition.
A “Battle of Shiloh Descendant’s Reunion” will take place 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. All descendants of veterans of the Battle of Shiloh are invited to bring any documents, photographs, and items related to their ancestors so the park can scan or photograph them for future Civil War researchers. A descendants’ registry will be available for all to sign and staff will be on hand to mark where their ancestors fought on the battlefield.
The park will also offer cannon firing demonstrations May 25-26 across the street from the Visitor Center. The Shiloh cannon crew, wearing period uniforms, will demonstrate the duties of Civil War cannoneers, the implements and projectiles they used, and the proper loading and firing procedures of the 6-pounder field piece 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:00pm and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information contact the park Visitor Center at 731-689-5696 or visit www.nps.gov/shil.
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