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Shiloh Battlefield is one of the better preserved battlefields in the US and also one of the larger ones.
Shiloh National Military Park
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1055 Pittsburg Landing Road, Shiloh, Tennessee 38376
Visitor center = 8:00-5:00, closed Christmas day. Park = dawn to dusk.
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Shiloh National Military Park is approximately 4,200 acres and was established in 1894. It protects the fields on which the Battle of Shiloh took place in April 1862 in the US Civil War. Except for monuments and plaques, the battlefield appears much as it did in 1862. Shiloh ranks in the top tier of battles in terms of importance to the outcome of the war. The battle’s heavy causalities and great carnage shocked both sides.
Shiloh was really a battle for Corinth, Mississippi, which had great importance due to railroads and its location. Union forces under General Ulysses Grant had landed near Shiloh on the Tennessee River intent on marching to Corinth. Confederate troops under General Albert Johnson launched a surprise attack to stop them. The Confederates achieved a tactical surprise and pushed Union forces back toward the river over a day. General Johnson was killed and his replacement opted not to make an assault on Grant’s final line near the Tennessee River at dusk. Significant Union reinforcements arrived overnight and a Union attack the next day led to a full Confederate retreat.
Visiting Shiloh will mostly appeal to those interested in the Civil War and military history. However, there are several well-preserved ancient Indian Mounds, which will have greater general interest. The small museum was unimpressive for such an important battlefield. The auto tour is the main highlight here. Key stops include stop (2) the Confederate Memorial, (3) and (10) Hornet’s Nest where you can walk along Sunken Road and (7) Fraley Field where the fighting began. If you are in the area and are interested in military matters, Shiloh is a must see.
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Gar the Bold
11/24/2013 10:08:13 PM
Bloody pond is also meaningful to children when a parent or guide gives a gruesome description of how it looked.
9/17/2012 12:12:58 PM
Look for the deer at dusk. There were literally hundreds of deer that came out into the open at dusk.
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