NU Battery To Shiloh 27 Mar 12

Members of the New Ulm Battery are on their way to Tennessee this week to take part in the 150th anniversary reenactment of the Battle of Shiloh. A dozen of the Battery’s 36 members will be taking part in the battle. Battery First Lieutenant John Fritsche says that there will be thousands of reenactors and hundreds of cannons participating overall. Fritsche says they will be commemorating the service of the New Ulm members of the 1st Minnesota Light Artillery that took part in the battle, which involved over 66,000 Union soldiers and more than 44,000 Confederates. Nearly one-fourth of those soldiers were killed, wounded, captured or declared missing. Fritsche will be commanding a seven-gun battery and about 60 soldiers at the reenactment, which takes place Thursday through Sunday next to Shiloh National Park, about 100 miles east of Memphis.