March 08, 2019 to March 10, 2019 in Gainesville , AL
10 am - 4pmwebsite
The Town of Gainesville, which was once among the largest towns in the State of Alabama, is home to several historical homes, churches, cemeteries, and monuments. Its history and heritage are still celebrated today through annual Civil War re-enactments, which are held the second weekend of March each year. During this weekend, visitors have the opportunity to step back in time to the 1860s as they smell the smoke and feel the thunder of the cannons while watching the cavalry duel as Civil War re-enactors from across the country gather to recreate historical clashes of the American Civil War. In honor of the brave soldiers that served during the great conflict, and indeed all American troops who have served our nation, two special memorial services are held. The first of these services is held on second Saturday of March at 10:30 a.m. in downtown Gainesville at the Nathan Bedford Forrest Monument. The second memorial service is held on the second Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the Gainesville City Cemetery. It is the final resting place to over 120 Confederate soldiers from the Southeast who perished at or from wounds received during the April 1862 Battle of Shiloh in southwestern Tennessee.