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Start of battle at Fraley Field focus of two May hikes at Shiloh National Military Park

Shiloh National Military Park is hosting two special ranger-led hikes on two Saturdays in May.
Titled “Fraley Field: the Bloody Battle Begins,” the 3.5 mile hikes over moderate terrain are scheduled for May 7 and May 21 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Follow Ranger Timothy Arnold and retrace the steps of Col. Everett Peabody’s early morning patrol as they run into the Confederate skirmishers of the 3rd Mississippi Battalion. Participants will learn about the approach routes of both the Union patrol and the Confederate skirmishers as they meet in Fraley Field and the opening shots of the battle. Then follow the path of Prentiss’ Division as they engage in a fighting withdrawal back to Peabody’s camps.
Pre-registration is required for hikers. Call the park visitor center at 731-689-5696.

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