(MURFREESBORO) Uncle Dave Macon Days as well an important historical event will make for an exciting day in Murfreesboro on Saturday, July 13, 2019.
The 41st Annual Uncle Dave Macon Days at Cannonsburgh is a roots rendezvous which honors traditional American music and the career of the first superstar of the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Famer, Uncle Dave Macon.
But did you realize that on July 13, 1862, the Civil War came to Murfreesboro with the sound of clattering hooves and gunfire as Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and his cavalry brigade charged into town and surprised the Union garrison.
Join the rangers and volunteers from the Stones River National Battlefield and staff of Oaklands Mansion on the grounds of Oaklands for a series of programs highlighting the events of that day, 157 years ago, on the site where the 9th Michigan Infantry withstood several Confederate onslaughts until they were compelled to surrender.
10 A.M. - 4 P.M.: Take a self-guided tour of Oaklands and imagine how the Maney family endured military occupation and a battle raging outside their front door. You'll also see the rooms where the commanders of the 9th Michigan Infantry made the difficult decision to surrender. The cost is only $5 per person.
11 A.M.: "Turn Out! Turn Out! The Rebels Are Coming!" - Watch a musket firing demonstration as a park ranger tells the tale of the Murfreesboro Raid as described by Sergeant Charles Bennett of the 9th Michigan Infantry.
11:30 A.M. and 1:30 P.M.: Strike Up the Band - Following their surrender, the 9th Michigan's regimental band lost their instruments to the triumphant troopers in gray. Join us for a concert presented by the Olde Towne Brass and discover the important role music played in the lives of soldiers and civilians during the war.
1 PM - "Turn Out! Turn Out! The Rebels Are Coming!"
In coordination with Uncle Dave Macon Days, enjoy free shuttle service, courtesy of Villages of Murfreesboro, from the festival site at Cannonsburgh to Oaklands Mansion from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.
While on the shuttle, Director of Cultural and Heritage Tourism, Ginna Foster Cannon, PhD, will share some county history with participants. Remembering the Raid With Words and Music is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Justin Holder, PARKS realtor.