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Distinguished NPS historian Woody Harrell to speak at Civil War Roundtable Jan. 12
 



 
 Photo courtesy of Shiloh National Military Park
Historian Woody Harrell will give a presentation on Shiloh on Jan. 12 at the monthly meeting of the Franklin Civil War Round Table
Former Shiloh National Military Park Superintendent, Woody Harrell, will present: Shiloh, The Union Left the First Day on Sunday, Jan. 12 at the monthly meeting of the Franklin Civil War Round Table (CWR).
 
The event, free and open to the public, will be held at the Franklin Police Headquarters Community Room at 3 p.m., according to Greg Wade, of the CWR. 
 
Harrell has a long and distinguished background in park historic interpretation. 
 
He has served with the National Park Service (NPS) at Moore’s Creek National Military Park, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Ft. Raleigh National Historic Site, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the NPS national training center at the Grand Canyon.  
 
In addition to Shiloh, he served as Historian at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and Manassas National Battlefield.
 
 During the Civil War, Confederate success at Shiloh depended on pushing to the Tennessee River, then turning north to drive Gen. Ulysses Grant from Pittsburg Landing.  
Early morning April 6, 1862 only three regiments under Col. David Stuart stood in the Confederate’s way.  
 
For over two hours this area north of Lick Creek saw some of the battle’s fiercest fighting.
 
Before retiring in 2012, he oversaw Shiloh’s most ambitious land acquisition program in 80 years and was awarded the Civil War Trust’s National Park Service Preservationist of the Year in both 2002 and 2010. 
 
Harrell was also instrumental in designing the award winning Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center.  He has been named Time Magazine’s “Man of the Year.”

 From North Carolina he holds degrees in history and geography from Duke University and the University of North Carolina.  
Harrell holds the NPS record for running across the Grand Canyon rim and has qualified for the Boston Marathon, finishing among the top runners in 1975.
 
 In 2013, he completed his goal to visit all 401 of the national parks.
 
 
 

Posted on: 12/26/2013

 
 

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