19th Ala Reunion of Descendants

Aug 12-13, 1995

[Group Photo]

Group photo of descendants and members of the 19th Ala Reenactment Group

A unique event was hosted by the 19th Ala, Co. I, and Athens State College, Athens, Ala, 12-13 Aug 95. Over 40 descendants of original men in the regiment gathered from all over the U.S. to learn more about their ancestors and to share with us photos, letters, and memorabilia passed down in their families.

Saturday morning a special living history program was presented at the GEN. Joe Wheeler home in Wheeler, Ala, by the unit. Descendants and members of the public walked the grounds of the Wheeler plantation and witnessed ten vignettes acted out by members of the unit. These vignettes depicted typical experiences of the 19th Ala from 1861-1865.

Saturday afternoon, the group traveled to Athens State College to hear the regimental history of the 19th Ala and to share information from the descendants.

Sunday was the highlight of the weekend with a very special tour of Shiloh National Battlefield Park. Led by Pvt Sam Campbell of Co. I, the descendants walked the original ground over which their ancestors fought over 133 years ago. The group followed the path of the 19th Ala Regiment from before the battle started until the evening of the first day at Dill Branch where the 19th finally halted, one of the closest units to Pittsburg Landing on the Confederate right. The tour concluded at the Confederate Monument where songs and prayers were offered on this hallowed ground.

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