Park officials at the Chickamauga battlefield are looking for volunteers to help shoot the cannons for demonstrations this summer and for the Battle of Chickamauga’s anniversary in September. From the Walker County Messenger:
[Park Ranger Gerry] Allen will train artillery crew volunteers beginning on May 5. Volunteers must be 16 years old or older.
“There will be a limited number of slots,” Allen said. The park ranger said about 20 more volunteers are needed to bring the various artillery crews up to a total of 45 members. They will learn to fire reproductions of a smoothbore and rifled cannons, he said.
“The rifled cannon is more accurate,” Allen said. “They slowly replaced the smoothbores. Rifled cannons came into use just before and during the Civil War.”
The park will furnish trained volunteers Civil War uniforms and ear protection, Allen said. The park will supply them mostly Union uniforms to wear, but some of the demonstrations will require volunteers to wear Confederate gray, he said.
“It will depend on the particular occasion,” Allen said.
Volunteers will foremost be trained in safety measures, he said. They also will learn about the history of the artillery, Allen said. Volunteers must pass a written and a practical exam to be qualified for a crew.
If you’re interested, you can contact Park Ranger Gerry Allen at 423-752-5213, ext. 120. Training will begin on May 5th.