HISTORY COMES ALIVE IN HARDIN COUNTY
Press Release February 5, 2021
CONTACT: Beth Pippin (731) 925-8181
SAVANNAH, TENN. – The Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce that ticket sales for the 9th Annual Generals Breakfast at Cherry Mansion will begin this week.
The event will be held on Saturday, April 3, beginning at 9 a.m., on the lawn of the historic home in Savannah.
Cherry Mansion came of note during the Civil War when General Ulysses S. Grant made his headquarters at the home during the Battle of Shiloh.
Tickets for the event are $15 each and include the outdoor breakfast, a storytelling program by the attending Generals, and a Q&A presentation by the homeowners of Cherry Mansion. Due to COVID restrictions, guests will not tour the home this year, and masks and social outdoor distancing is encouraged. The event is for ticket holders only and sold in advance only.
“General US Grant, portrayed by 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!”, said Tourism Director Beth Pippin.
Pippin added this event has grown each year over the last nine 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 159th anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh. The day continues by offering a visit to the Tennessee River Museum in downtown Savannah and then you are encouraged to follow in Grant’s footsteps taking the trip across the river to Shiloh National Military Park.
On-you-own-touring by car, hiking, or biking is an area favorite for visitors to the pristine park. There will be Battlefield Hikes presented during the anniversary week on April 6,7,8 led by rangers at Shiloh National Park.
Tickets for The Generals Breakfast will be available at the Tennessee River Museum in downtown Savannah or on-line under events at www.tourhardincounty.org
For more information on the Battle of Shiloh visit www.tourhardincounty.org or www.nps.gov/shil
The historic events don’t stop there! Just northbound of Shiloh and Savannah in the river town of Saltillo, Tennessee on April 9-10 will be the Tennessee River Primitive Art and Weaponry/History Festival. This fun-filled 2-day event is packed full of reenactors of Native American, Mountain Men, French and Indian War, Revolutionary War and Civil War periods.
Hosted by the City of Saltillo at the community center and park in downtown Saltillo there will be food and art vendors, music, and reenactor campsites for attendees to enjoy. Times are Friday, April 9 from 8am to 6pm and Saturday, April 10 from 8am until the fun ends!
Event organizer Mike Fields said “We will have many demonstrations throughout the weekend!! Cannon firings, flint lock musket firings, ancestral drums, stories, wood carvings….not to mention the food!!! Plus many, many vendors and craftsman that will be on site. Make plans to come out and enjoy!!”
For more information on Hardin County events and the Battle of Shiloh visit www.tourhardincounty.org or www.nps.gov/shil