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September 2, 2006

BOOM! - The Battle of Tunnel Hill comes alive

TUNNEL HILL — Now in its 14th year, the annual Battle of Tunnel Hill Civil War Reenactment is gearing up for the excitement of guns, horses and rebel yells on Sept. 9-10.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, visitors can step back in time to the 1860s and see life as it was then. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids 12 and under.

The battle begins at 1:30 p.m. each day.

Living history is seen in the Union and Confederate camps, on the battlefield, and in demonstrations of such activities as the Civil War hospital and blacksmith.

Not just soldiers occupied the area, but also the sutlers who followed with supplies. Visitors can shop the sutlers and purchase their own Civil War uniforms, dresses, hats and all the accessories to complete the wardrobe. Concessions will also be available.

The Western and Atlantic railroad tunnel will be open for tours, and it's no secret among reenactors that the tunnel is one of the coolest places to retreat to for a break from the fall heat.

The Tunnel Hill Heritage Center will be open both days. Regular admission fees will be waived in lieu of donations to help with the operation of the center.

One of the highlights in the museum this year is the new DVD produced by the city of Tunnel Hill, which features an overview of early Tunnel Hill history and oral histories provided by local residents. The DVD will play at the Heritage Center, and copies may be ordered for $5 each.

For more information, visit www.TunnelHillHeritageCenter.com or call (706) 876-1571 or 800-331-3258.



SIDEBAR



Tunnel Hill Living History Provides Civil War Era Experience for Students



TUNNEL HILL — This Friday more than 950 area fifth-graders will arrive at the Tunnel Hill Battlefield Park for a first-hand look at a Civil War soldier’s life during the 1860s. Each year volunteers from the 35th Tennessee Infantry, Alabama Division of Civil War Reenactors, and the Tunnel Hill Historical Foundation, and local residents create a learning experience where students can see history come alive before their eyes.

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