Shiloh National Military Park

 

The infamous Bloody Pond at Shiloh.


 

Battlefield statistics

Type

National Military Park

Markers

Over 500

Monuments

151

Cannon

200

 


The cannons of Grant's Last Line, at tour stop 2.

        Shiloh National Military Park is owned and administrated by the National Park Service, a section of the Department of the Interior.  Shiloh was established on December 27th, 1894 to commemorate one of the greatest battles fought in the Western theatre of the war, and was one of the first five Civil War Military Parks established in the United States.  Shiloh is often considered one of the best preserved of all the Civil War battlefields in this country and, unlike Gettysburg, does not have any major state roads traveling through the battlefield, which helps preserve the unique atmosphere found at Shiloh.  

Confederate General Johnston died under this tree during the battle.

 

        After arriving at the battlefield (located in south-western Tennessee, west of Savannah, Tennessee and north of Corinth, Mississippi) visitors are treated with a spectacular view of the northern portion of the battlefield as they make their way to the visitor's center.  After watching a short documentary on the battle and looking at the small museum there, visitors can visit the nearby National Cemetery and begin the 10 mile, 14 stop driving tour of the battlefield.  Highlights of this driving tour include stops three and four, which interpret the Hornet's Nest and Ruggles' Battery, tour stop seven at the Shiloh Church, and tour stops thirteen and fourteen at the Peach Orchard and the Bloody Pond.  The battlefield also contains over a hundred and fifty monuments dedicated to the states and regiments who fought in the battle, and are spread across the 4,000 acre battlefield.  Any true history buff could easily spend a full day at this "place of peace."


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