Eighth-graders from three Eagle County schools are training for battle and blue coats will clash with gray in Minturn on Friday morning.
Gypsum Creek Middle School, Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy, and Homestake Peak School will re-enact the Battle of Shiloh at Maloit Park from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The students will be in full costume and the public is encouraged to watch.
A lunch with turkey legs, beans, salad, cornbread and other items by The Gourmet Cowboy will also be available to buy. Adults are $5 and children are $4.
"We want this to have a community feel," said Torrey Kaddatz, a GCMS social studies teacher involved with the event.
The students have been learning about the famous Civil War battle and practicing drills for months. Representatives and teachers from a Colorado non-profit called You Can Live History are coordinating the effort with the schools.
The Battle of Shiloh erupted near Pittsburg Landing, Tenn., on the Tennessee River on April 6, 1862, after a few days of skirmishing. Forty-thousand Confederate soldiers attacked Union forces and threatened to overwhelm Ulysses S. Grant's entire command.
Intense fighting lasted two days and produced more than 23,000 casualties before the federal forces fought off the Confederates. It was the bloodiest battle in American history at its time, according to www.civilwar.org.