Shiloh National Military Park Travel Guide

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Shiloh National Military Park Things to Do

  • ruggles battery

    the ruggles battery is stop four on the auto tour. when confederate infantry attacks on the hornet's nest failed confederate general daniel ruggles concentrated eleven batteries of artillery to bombard this position allowing his infantry to encircle and capture union general benjamin prentiss and 2,100 union troops.

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  • shiloh visitor center

    your first stop on a tour of shiloh is the battlefield visitor center. at the visitor center you can get a map of the battlefield and pay for the auto tour fee. see the attached web site for admission and times.

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  • grant's last line

    the following things to do tips are a virtual tour of the shiloh battlefield using the park map. the first stop on the auto tour is grant's last line. the artillery batteries along this ridge marks the final position of the union line on april 6 th. on april 7 after grant was reinforced by don carlos buell and lew wallace's forces and he initiated...

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  • ohio 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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  • shiloh church

    shiloh church is stop five on the auto tour. the battle was named after the shiloh meeting house. the meeting house was destroyed during the battle and the building you see today is a replica. this was the site of fierce fighting during the battle.

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  • rhea springs

    rhea springs and field is stop six on the auto tour. exposed from converging fire from union troops defending shiloh church confederate forces here sustained devastating losses on april 6 th. located near the spring and in rhea field are confederate burial trenches.

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  • fraley field

    fraley field is stop seven on the auto tour. fraley field was the site of the first engagement of the battle of shiloh. at 4:55 am april 6 th confederate pickets engaged a union patrol at fraley field.

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  • union camps

    pictured is the site of a union camp at stop nine on the auto tour. after the engagement at reconnoitering road the confederates invaded the union camps located just north of the road. by 9:00 am the union was forced to flee these camps and retreated north towards pittsburg landing. the confederate advance halted here while they looted the camps.

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  • the hornet's nest

    the hornet's nest is stop ten on the auto tour. the area called the hornet's nest was the site of the fiercest fighting of the battle of shiloh. thousands of union and confederate soldiers died here as well as union general w. h. l. wallace and confederate general albert johnston.

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  • confederate artillery monument

    the confederate artillery monument is located on eastern corinth road near the hornet's nest. the area around the hornet's nest has a number of state and division monuments honoring the soldiers who fought at the battle of shiloh.

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  • 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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  • 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

    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...

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  • death of general johnston

    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

    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

    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

    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...

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  • 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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  • grant's left flank

    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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  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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...

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  • Auto Tour

    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...

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  • Bloody Pond

    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...

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  • Hornet's Nest

    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...

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  • Pittsburg Landing

    Pittsburg Landing is a small town at the edge of the Shiloh Battlefield. This was the main Union Army base during the battle and it was their point for receiving the reinforcements that led to the huge victory on the second day of the battle. On the night of April 6-7 General Buell’s Army of the Ohio landed some 18,000 fresh reinforcements that...

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Shiloh National Military Park Favorites

  • Monuments Alike But Not Quite

    Some of the monuments at Shiloh look alike but they generally detail the involvement of different regiments from the various states. It is notorious for contingents from Southern states not to be commemorated with monuments (here and at other parks), while the Northern states from as far away as Maine and Minnesota have monuments in even the...

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  • The Meaning Behind the Cannonballs

    The cannonballs represent former headquarters of the field commanders. Here is Albert Sydney Johnston's headquarters site, the man who commanded the Confederate forces until forced to retreat for lack of numbers. Johnston died on the field of battle from a wound to his leg. The site of his death (or near to it) is a stop on the park road near a...

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  • Commemorated by North and South

    Monuments from the various states which sent regiments to Shiloh appear throughout the park, generally at places where their regiments were engaged. While the South did not spend a lot of money on memorials, the Union states made up the deficiency. You'll read a great deal about how far men had to travel, and how many miles they left behind them at...

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