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Hardin County Tourism Department hosts annual General's Breakfast

The Hardin County Tourism Department hosted their annual General’s Breakfast in Savannah over the weekend, where actors recounted the Battle of Shiloh in the Civil War.

The Battle of Shiloh happened near the Cherry Mansion, which was General Ulysses S. Grant’s headquarters during the Civil War.

Visitors came to learn about the rich history tied to the site. A social studies teacher and her husband from Columbia enjoyed the event and encourage others to attend in the future.

“I wish there were more kids here to see it. I love for the kids to hear these factual things, not just what they can google or find on Wikipedia,” said Denita Phillips.

“It was really well done. Dr. Fields did a wonderful job and so did the gentlemen trained as General Beauregard, very informative. I learned a few things I didn’t know about history,” Wayne Phillips.

Beth Pippin, Hardin County’s Tourism Director, excited about bringing the breakfast back after having to cancel last year.

“Last year we were very disappointed. We had just started selling tickets when the COVID breakout and we did cancel last year. So we are happy to be back this year. We enlarged our tent and did not enlarge our attendance. We had to keep everyone separated out,” said Pippin.

E.C. Fields, Jr. portraying General Ulysses S. Grant delighted to be a part of this interactive event.

“When you get to see a living historian, you get to experience the history. It comes off the flat one-dimensional page of a book and you can see it in 3-dimensional, walking, talking, and interacting with your questions and conversation,” said Fields.

Most people ending their morning at the Tennessee River Museum.

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