Civil War groups meet to celebrate 150th year
Recently the Hardin County Tourism held it's kick-off at the historic Cherry Mansion for the Sesquicentennial celebration honoring Tennessee's Civil War. Tent #02 of Selmer, Daughters of Union Veterans and Farragut Camp 6, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War both received written invitations. There were several speakers including Steve McDaniel, State Representative, period music, 21 gun salute by members of the 7th TN Dismounted Cav., Company G (US) and 48th TN Inf. (CS) reenactors. Many ladies, gentlemen and children wore period clothing.
The Federalist-style Cherry Mansion was standing tall bursting with memories as General Ulysses S. Grant, Mrs. Julia Grant, Generals Robert E. Lee and Albert Sidney Johnston and Adjutant to Gen. Grant visited with folks. This beautiful home on the east bank of the Tennessee River was Gen. Grants headquarters in the spring of 1861. One morning in April the couriers interrupted Grant's breakfast with news the Battle of Shiloh had begun. Two Union Generals died in the mansion. A short distance away was a boarding house. It was there that our Tent's namesake, "Mother" Bickerdyke had her soup kitchen, hospital and laundry during the Battle of Shiloh. She treated all soldiers the same is how she earned the name "Mother".
Both groups will have their regular scheduled meeting on June 25, 2011 at the Civic Center in Selmer, TN at 11 AM. Refreshments will be served. Hostess will be Patricia Pruitt.