Shiloh National Military Park, Shiloh

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Explore American Civil War history on the Shiloh and Corinth battlefields at Shiloh National Military Park. The two-day Battle of Shiloh on April 6-7, 1862, began a six-month struggle between Union soldiers and Confederates over a railroad junction in Corinth. This battlefield, named for the Shiloh Methodist Church, opened to the public as a park in 1894. The park was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. Visit the museum and interpretive center to learn about the war tools used in this era. For further exploration of the park, pick up a narrated audio tour that provides highlights of the battlefield as you drive the 20.4 km (12.7 mi) route. You can walk through the Shiloh Indian Mounds Site and view the Iowa Monument, Sunken Road, and Confederate Memorial. Plan to see Shiloh National Military Park and other attractions that appeal to you using our Shiloh tour planning app .
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  • Even those without a strong interest in history of likely heard of Shiloh, and those studying the Civil War are likely familiar with it. For either group, visiting this site will give you keen insight...  more »
  • We enjoyed the film at the Visitor’s Center. Since the battlegrounds were on our agenda, we watched the documentary “The Battle at Shiloh—the Devil’s Own Two Days”, the day before we visited. And we d...  more »
  • Immaculate grounds and excellent battle markers. The visitor center is the best place to start a tour. It is so expansive you will need a vehicle to locate all the military units.  more »
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  • Great site for American history. The rangers have a scavenger hunt for kids to do to be more engaged with learning. We visited the museum, cemetery and took the driving tour. Beautiful monuments with a lot of signs explaining the different aspects of the battle. I highly recommend it.
  • If you are driving through Tennessee, I HIGHLY recommend stopping by this National Park. It's huge and will take some time out of your schedule, but it was one of the most important battles in the early years of the Civil War. The park itself is beautiful, it's hard to imagine a bloody battle raged on here, but it is definitely a place to visit for people who enjoy history and historical places. Side note: The Union called it the Battle of Shiloh while the Confederates called it the Battle of Pittsburg Landing.
  • My family's home ( great grandmother's home was in park during the battle, there last name was Wicker. I'd like to have our land back. Lol
  • My American ancestors at this battleground have the greatest honor for having unlimited discipline. So many American men died here at Shiloh at a time before USA or CSA knew what total war really meant. When groups of men felt glory in being brave, standing their ground on a battlefield. So much death occurred as a result. But the park here does a great service in honoring and remembering these events. There are CSA burial trenches that are very moving to stand at in total silence. Your walking on extremely hallowed ground. There is a grave of the unknown Confederate soldier in Mississippi....here at Shiloh there are several trenches of unknown CSA soldiers. I don't have the words. A surprise was native American mounds / early civilization. This area, 1500 years ago, was popular with native Americans, obviously, and they erected mounds, that are (somewhat) preserved through time. The Battle of Shilo affected this site, as USA soldiers were buried on at least one of those ancient, pre-existing mounds. I can only imagine the emotions of the native American who lived here, and then saw what happened after the battle. You can walk up to, and climb on top of, these ancient native American mounds, and I have never been to such an open historical site as this. You drive to it, and it was really something, secluded, almost private, never will forget, and VERY GLAD I found this Native American site by accident. One of the mounds has an elevated view of the river. You can also stand in the exact spot CSA Gen Johnston died from his injuries in battle. The spot is marked, and it was very moving to stand in that same spot, and to think the land topography has stayed intact, with a stream. You can easily picture CSA Gen Johnston on horse lay down and die from battle wounds at this spot :(
  • Awe inspiring! It brought me to tears. We're going back soon.

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