Schedule of Events
24th Annual "Forrest's First"
May 18-20, 2018

(NOTICE: Schedule is subject to change during the event by the committee
or field commanders.)

Rain or Shine!

Watch for activities posted throughout the day.
For information or group specials, call (270) 792-5300;
OR email:

Reenactors - don't forget to pre-register for a chance to win a gun!
Click here.

Friday, May 18 (tenative schedule listed; changes will be made later)

8:00 AM Open Registration (reenactors only)

Gates open Friday for the public at 10 AM


Tour the homestead area east of the registration area. See how families lived back then, how they cooked their meals, set up and maintained their farm animals.

Take a look at the old log cabin now in use for registration on the grounds.

Click here, Living History Day, for a detailed itinerary of Friday's Living History Day,
map, and more!

Every Day

Tour the historic Nall-Moore house on the battlefield property.

Every Day

Tour the sutler area where you will find a candlemaker, blacksmith, period clothes & hats; novelty shops, dressmaker, ropemaker, and more!

PLUS kettle corn, rootbeer, fresh squeezed lemonade.

Every Day

Visit the Military camps. Engage with the soldiers and see how they lived.

Check out all the delicious food vendors including walking tacos, BBQ, hotdogs, ice cream, Philly sandwiches and much more serving all day every day!

All Day

Meet with President Lincoln, General Lee and other dignitaries and Commanders.

Visit with the historical Flag Experts in the Flag Area. Enjoy period music on Friday & Saturday.

Friday Only (check for times)

Artillery rocket fire demonstration and military drill battlefield

Friday Only (check for times)

Cannon Fire demonstration (Cobb's KY Battery), battlefield area

At Dusk
Friday Only

Join us for both a lantern tour and storytelling through the camp.

Exciting night cannon demonstration after dark.

MIDNIGHT Taps, all quiet

The events above are also offered on Saturday & Sunday
unless noted. Special Events on Saturday & Sunday below

Saturday, May 19
Public welcome to come watch all activities.
NOTE: Military Camp closed during the Battle.

8:00 AM Reveille
9:00 AM Officer's Call
9:00 AM - 8 PM
Gates open for the Public. See Friday Schedule (above) for list of happenings all day Saturday
9:30 AM
Order of the Spur Cavalry Competition on the Battle field.
11:00 AM
1:00 PM
Opening Ceremony: Historical Presentation about the Battle of Sacramento
1:45 PM
Battlefield Dedication & Mollie's Ride
2:00 PM
5:00 PM
"Dinner On The Grounds"
- reenactors only
8:00 PM
Battlefield Ball with period music.
For reenactors only.

Sunday, May 20
Public welcome to come watch all the activities.
Note: Military Camp closed during the Battle.

8:00 AM
9:30 AM
Officer's Call
10:00 AM
Memorial at Mollie's Grave
(Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery)
10:00 AM
Camps open to the Public until 1 PM
11:00 AM
Community Worship Services
(Events Stage)
1:00 PM
Opening Ceremony
1:30 PM
Battlefield Dedication & Mollie's Ride
1:45 PM
After Battle
Break Camp until May 2018

Other Activities

Arts & Crafts Flea Market & Food available on the grounds
Visit Camp Calhoun Union Cemetery (3rd & High St. in Calhoun)
Click here for more information.
Click here for lodging.