Shiloh National Military Park Things to Do

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    sunken road

    by doug48 Updated Aug 8, 2011
    sunken road

    the sunken road runs through the hornet's nest area. this small farm road connects the eastern corinth road to the duncan farm. during the battle of the hornet's nest union general benjamin prentiss held off a confederate advance along the sunken road. later prentiss' troops were defeated and prentiss was taken prisoner by the confederates.

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    union field hospital

    by doug48 Updated Aug 8, 2011
    site of the union field hospital

    now my virtual tour of the shiloh battlefield skips to tour stop fourteen on the auto tour. because of time limitations i had to bypass stops 11, 12, and 13. for information on these sites see the attached web site. pictured is the site of the union field hospital. at this tent hospital union surgeons cared for wounded union soldiers. by concentrationg medical services on the battlefield patient care was greatly improved and the death rate lowered.

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    death of general johnston

    by doug48 Updated Aug 8, 2011
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    auto tour stop fifteen is the general johnston monument. near this site confederate general albert johnston was hit by a stray bullet in the leg and later bled to death. after the death of general johnston general p. g. t. beauregard took over the command of the confederate forces at the battle of shiloh.

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    the peach orchard

    by doug48 Updated Aug 8, 2011
    the peach orchard

    sarah bell's peach orchard was the site of a confederate attack on the union line on april 6 th. this confederate attack forced the union troops in this area of the battlefield to retreat to pittsburg landing. the union counter attacked on april 7 th and retook the peach orchard. the peach orchard is stop sixteen on the auto tour.

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    bloody pond

    by doug48 Updated Aug 8, 2011
    bloody pond

    the bloody pond is stop seventeen on the auto tour. throughout the battle of shiloh soldiers from both sides came here to drink and bathe their wounds. there was so much blood in the water that the pond was stained red.

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    shiloh indian mounds

    by doug48 Updated Aug 8, 2011
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    located within the boundry of the shiloh national military park are the shiloh mounds. this is the site of an ancient native american village dating back to around 1200 AD. the village consisted of seven mounds surounded by a wooden palisade. the shiloh villagers cultivated maize and hunted deer, squarrels, and turkey. for those interested in native american history this is a very interesting place to visit in the park.

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    dill branch ravine

    by doug48 Updated Aug 8, 2011
    dill branch ravine

    dill branch ravine is stop eighteen on the auto tour. u.s. gunboats the lexington and the tyler were anchored at the mouth of dills branch ravine to support general grant's defence of pittsburg landing.

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    pittsburg landing

    by doug48 Updated Aug 8, 2011
    pittsburg landing

    pittsburg landing is stop twenty on the auto tour. pittsburg landing was the site of general grant's headquarters and the landing point of general don carlos buell and general lew wallace's reinforcements during the night of april 6 th.

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    shiloh national cemetery

    by doug48 Updated Aug 8, 2011
    shiloh national cemetery

    the shiloh national cemetery is located next to the visitor center near pittsburg landing. the shiloh national cemetery was established in 1866 for the internment of union troops who died at the battle of shiloh. there are 3,500 union and two confederate soldiers buried here.

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    reconnoitering road

    by doug48 Updated Nov 3, 2010
    reconnoitering ridge

    reconnoitering road is stop eight on the auto tour. in the morning of april 6 th prentiss' division was deployed along a low ridge near reconnoitering road to try to halt the confederate onslaught. after fierce fighting the union was pushed back toward shiloh church.

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    Burial Trenches

    by PinkFloydActuary Updated Jun 21, 2009

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    Confederate Burial Trench

    There are 5 marked confederate burial trenches in the park - Union soldiers dug these trenches to bury nearly 2,000 confederates who were killed during the battle. These are some of the most likely spots in the park to cause quiet reflection, as you are looking at mass graves of the men who died here.

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    National Cemetery

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Jun 20, 2009

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    Right across from the visitor center at the beginning (or end) of the auto tour is the national cemetery of Shiloh. Established in 1866, there are 3,500 (2,300 of which are unknown) Union soldiers buried here. There are also markers showing where Grant's headquarters were located. A small path winds through the cemetery, a fitting way to end the tour of a sobering battlefield.

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    Auto Tour

    by PinkFloydActuary Updated Jun 20, 2009

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    The auto tour through Shiloh is just under a 10 mile loop, but there are also a handful of roads that cut through the park that you can take side trips along to see some other sites. For example, right before stop 10, you can hang a left on Peabody Road to see Rhea Springs, although you then need to follow the one way road back to where you came from. Generally, there are pullouts near the auto tour stops, and for the first half of my trip, I had no issues. Then I got behind several trucks worth of students, who were climbing on monuments, draping themselves on placards, etc., which did push me to move a little more briskly than I would have liked through the park.

    Per usual for the major Civil War sites, there are plenty of roadside markers and monuments to look at in addition to the tour stops. Please see my travelogues for some of these.

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    Bloody Pond

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Jun 20, 2009

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    Overlooking Bloody Pond
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    This was the most somber site in the park for me, as I read how soldiers from both sides of the war would come here to drink and try to cleanse their wounds. Cleaning of the wounds, as well and men and horses dying on the banks and in the water allowed so much blood to flow into the pond that it turned a dark red by the time the battle was over.

    I was alone at this stop - the quiet mixed with the images that came here were stunning.

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    Hornet's Nest

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Jun 20, 2009

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    Sunken Road at the Hornets Nest
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    The third stop along the auto tour, where 3 Union divisions were located along an oak forest line. The Union held off a number of attacks all day before ultimately surrendering the line. At the stop, you can walk along the sunken road here and look out into the open field to get the vantage point of where the Confederates would have been attacking from.

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