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Battle of Tunnel Hill re-enactment weekend needs volunteers

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TUNNEL HILL, GA (WRCB) - Thousands of Civil War re-enacters are heading to Tunnel Hill this week for a trip back in time-- 150 years to be exact. Organizers need some help to make the elaborate production happen.

The re-enactment of the Battle of Tunnel Hill is a big draw for history buffs from all over and local families wanting to learn what their ancestors endured.

"I think anybody in the southeast if you have family more than two or three generations, you've got a connection to this event," Tunnel Hill Historical Foundation President Boyd Whitfield said.

Civil War roots run deep in Tunnel Hill, from its railway that saw the Great Locomotive Chase, to a once confederate hospital and then General Sherman's headquarters. By week's end, its history will be brought back to life on a more than 80-acre lot locals have worked hard to preserve.

"For my children's children. They need to understand history and if you don't understand history, you're bound to repeat it," Whitfield said.

People from across the country, even some overseas will participate, not just re-enacting the battle, but also setting up a village to help visitors travel 150 years in time. But all of that is no easy task, especially when it depends on volunteers.

"You can see just getting the grounds in order is a major effort," Whitfield said.

The Tunnel Hill Historical Foundation is already prepping, but are hoping more helpers come forward. Everything from medical help, to shuttling guests, flag hanging, down to trash pickup, needs more hands.

"Friday for school days or battle on Saturday or Sunday, we can always find something for you to do," Whitfield said.

If you're interested in pitching in, call (706) 876-1571 and leave your name and contact info.

Activities run Friday through Sunday. The battle re-enactments start at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Area fifth and sixth graders will get a sneak peek on Friday.

Admission is $10 for anyone over 13. Kids ages 12 and under get in free.
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