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26th Annual "Forrest's First"
May 15-17, 2020



The Historical Society and Chamber in Calhoun have area maps with a directory of Civil War sites and community volunteers will gladly escort you.

- Pause beside Mollie Morehead's gravesite in Sacramento.

- Visit General Thomas Crittenden's Union Headquarters in Calhoun where an estimated force of over 10,000 infantry and 1,200 cavalry troops were stationed to gaurd Lock and Dam #2

- Visitation of Camp Calhoun Union Cemetery

- Tour the many rural cemeteries where McLean County's Civil War Veterans' graves are appropriately honored. You can stand by the graves of soldiers who fought and died at the Battle of Sacramento.

- Click here for more information about McLean County, the Civil War Veterans' graves, and much more.

UDC's Mollie Morehead Chapter/SCV's Forrest's Orphans Brigade Events

City of Livermore - those men of the 26th KY Vol. Infantry (USA) who fought at Shiloh, Perryville and Nashville under Captain Rowland Hackett of Company A are remembered at his gravesite.

Community of Beech Grove - Ride the land "Sue" Mundy rode over.

City of Island - The site of the grave of Col. Absalom Redmond Shacklett, the highest ranking CSA native son buried in McLean County. He enlisted in Company H, 8th KY Infantry, was captured at Fort Donelson then exchanged seven months later and promoted to Lt. Col. in September 1862. Col. Shacklett joined General Forrest in July 1864 and stood beside Forrest in Columbus, Mississippi on May 9, 1865 when General Forrest spoke these honorable words, " Reason dictates and humanity demands that no more blood be shed ... it is your duty and mine to lay down our arms, submit to the 'powers that be' and to aid in restoring peace and establishing law and order throughout the land."