Shiloh National Military Park Things to Do

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    Sunken Road / The Hornets Nest

    by Ewingjr98 Updated May 30, 2009

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    The Battle at Shiloh began around 5am when some 40,000 Confederate soldiers surprised the Union encampment at Pittsburg Landing. The Union soldiers were caught completely off guard and the retreat toward the river quickly began. Soon Union General Prentice's division found cover along a sunken road that offered some protection and a clear field of fire. The Confederate soldiers mounted charge after charge against this position--12 in all--before concentrating all of their artillery on the Union strong point. By the end of the day the Union division was forced to surrender, but Confederate General Johnston had also been killed. The Union actions at this spot, later to become known as the Hornets Nest, bought enough time for Grant to organize his army and bring in reinforcements before the battle began anew the next day.

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    Crucible of War

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Hornet's Nest at the rail fence

    The worst fighting at Shiloh took place in a tangled thicket that eventually obtained the label "the hornet's nest." Under this row of oaks, whole regiments from the Union side melted away under withering artillery and musket fire from Confederate forces across the field under CSA General Daniel Ruggles. Up to that time, this was the largest battery ever assembled on the North American continent.

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    The Human Element

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    monument detail

    As you will find elsewhere in other military parks, the overwhelming sense of sacrifice here in markers and monuments and readings from the visitor center sometimes obscures the individual human sacrifice. Shiloh was the worst conflict seen in America up to that time in almost 300 years of settlement and political dispute. Farm boys and factory hands with little direct connection with the politics of the day were pulled from familiar environs to fight in fields and swamps where they never thought they'd ever go. Tens of thousands died of wounds and disease in our costliest and bloodiest war ever. Some of these great monuments offer the grim images of the boys in blue and grey.

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    Visitor Center and Initial Drive

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    not far from the Visitor Center

    When you drive into this place, you'll pass great hordes of cannon and monuments on your way to the visitor center, where sometimes reenactments are performed on the front lawn. Of especial interest is the fact that not all monuments commemorate either North or South, but are erected here in memory of the conflict that first wounded but later healed the nation.

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    ohio monument

    by doug48 Updated Aug 8, 2011

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    ohio 5 th cavalry monument

    located near grant's last line is the ohio 5 th cavalry monument. this monument is one of several ohio monuments in the park.

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    iowa monument

    by doug48 Updated Aug 8, 2011

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    iowa monument

    this impressive monument is dedicated to the soldiers from the state of iowa who fought at the battle of shiloh.

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    michigan monument

    by doug48 Updated Aug 8, 2011

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    michigan monument

    the michigan monument is on the tour road between stop one and two. the michigan monument honors the soldiers from the state of michigan who fought at the battle of shiloh.

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    confederate monument

    by doug48 Updated Aug 8, 2011

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    confederate monument

    the confederate monument is stop two on the auto tour. this monument commemorates where confederate troops encircled and captured nearly 2,100 union defenders of the hornet's nest.

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    w. h. l. wallace headquarters

    by doug48 Updated Aug 8, 2011

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    w. h. l. wallace monument
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    located between tour stop two and three is the headquarters of union general w. h. l. wallace. general wallace was killed during the battle of the hornet's nest on april 6 th 1862.

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    duncan field

    by doug48 Updated Aug 8, 2011

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    duncan field

    duncan field is auto tour stop three. union troops defended this position for seven hours on april 6 th before finally retreating. the union retook this field on april 7 th.

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    illinois monument

    by doug48 Updated Aug 8, 2011
    illinois monument

    located near the hornet's nest is the illinois monument. this massive monument honors the soldiers from that state that fought at the battle of shiloh.

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    grant's left flank

    by doug48 Updated Aug 8, 2011
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    grant's left flank is stop nineteen on the auto tour. at this point union artillery hammered confederate infantry charging across dill branch ravine towards grant's headquarters at pittsburg landing.

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