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Granville Heritage Day to feature Civil War reenactment

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The 11th Granville Heritage Day on Saturday, May 23 will feature a new Civil War Reenactment of Oct. 24, 1885 in Granville. 

The American Newspaper, Chestnut Mound, featured a story on Oct. 26, 1885 which reported on 5,000 soldiers had gathered at Granville on Oct. 24, 1885 to pay eloquent tributes to the memory of the gallant Col. S. S. (Sidney) Stanton of Granville who was killed at Resaca, Ga., on May 13, 1864.

Stanton was a prominent attorney from Granville who became a State Senator at the age of 30 and led in 1861 the legislature to organize Tennessee as part of the Confederacy.  He returned to Granville in July 1861 and enlisted as a private in Company F, 25th Tennessee Infantry.

He enlisted 1,100 men from Jackson, Putnam, Overton and White Counties.  He was elected Colonel in August 1861. In December 1862 he organized the 84th Tennessee Infantry. Stanton was involved in many battles of the war and was killed in General Sherman’s first battle of Atlanta campaign. 

The reenactment soldiers will gather at Granville Veterans Park where they will march up Clover Street to the new Halfacre stage where they will reenact the ceremony of Oct. 24, 1885 at 1 p.m. The original event included a colored band from Lebanon, and speeches of Col. John P. Murray, Col. R. C. Sanders, Judge N.W. McConnell, General George G. Dibrell, Governor A.B. Marks and Captain H. H. Dillard of Granville.

The Heritage Day event will retell the stories of the original ceremony and Civil War history of Granville. 

W. Calvin Dickinson who has just completed a book on Stanton entitled “An Interrupted Life” will be present at the ceremony to do a book signing of this book on Stanton.

Heritage Day will also feature Living History Demonstrations at noon and 2:30 p.m. at Granville Veterans where an encampment will be set up by Confederate Units from all across Middle Tennessee as cannons will be fired over the Cumberland River honoring veterans of time past. 

For more information on this event, contact Jerry McFarland at (615) 330-8474.

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