Saturday, April 7, 2012

Dateline Shiloh: Former Boy Scout returns

Bruce Jeremiah first came to Shiloh as an 11-year-old Boy Scout. The troop's two-night campout near the battlefield featured a 14-mile hike.

That was 50 years ago, in June 1962. Jeremiah brought his father to the site later that year and did not return until this week for the 150th anniversary of the battle.

His wife, Barb, accompanied the 60-year-old miner and electrician from Steeleville, Ill.

"There are a lot more trees," he said of the current park. Those in the famous Peach Orchard are newer and smaller.

The Jeremiahs earlier this week saw the premiere of "Shiloh: Fiery Trial," the visitor center film that is replacing a very dated 1956 (yes, 1956) version. Jeremiah recalled seeing the older film and his first visit to the Tennessee site.

"I've been a Civil War buff ever since then," he said.

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