Text of Rep. McDaniel's letter:
House of Representatives
State of Tennessee
March 11, 2011
The Honorable Bob Shutt
Mayor, City ofSavannah
465 Main StCourthouse
The Honorable Jai Templeton
170 West CourtAvenue
Selmer, TN 38375
Dear Mayor Shutt and Mayor Templeton:
I am writing to endorse the proposed 150th anniversary reenactment to commemorate the Sesquicentennial Battle of Shiloh next March-April 2012 being put on by Lee Millar and the Battle of Shiloh Association and the Blue-Gray Alliance of reenactors. Recreations of events of the American Civil War, the most tragic time in our nation’s history, can enhance the public’s interest and knowledge of our history. This will help to educate the general public regarding our strong heritage and will promote tourism in the region.
I have been chairman of the Parker’s Crossroads “Living History & Reenactment” since 1982. Lee Millar has been a major player in our event since the mid-1980s. There are few people with more knowledge on how to properly portray our history through such an event as the one being planned for McNairy andHardinCountiesnext year.
Lee has been involved in several major reenactments over the period of the past 25 years, including the 125th Anniversary of Shiloh (where 6,000 reenactors participated), as well as events at Brices’ Crossroads, MS Franklin, Spring Hill, and others.
Lee serves with me on the board of directors for the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association. I know him well and believe he will make you proud of theShilohreenactment.
The Blue-Gray Alliance, working with the Battle of Shiloh Assn, represents over 12,000 reenactors nationwide and have recently presented the reenactments at Brice’s Crossroads, the Twin Rivers Campaign, and will put on the 150th Battle of Bull Run (Manassas) this July and the 150th Battle of Wilson’s Creek (MO) this August. They too have a great deal of experience with national events.
I believe you will find you can count on Lee Millar, the Battle of Shiloh Association, and the Blue-Gray Alliance to do what they promise, put on a quality event, and give a boast to both historic preservation and heritage tourism in our community and region.
Please feel free to contact me if I can answer questions or provide you with more information.
Steve K. McDaniel