|Address:||1055 Pittsburg Landing Rd, Shiloh, TN 38376, USA|
I am a travel writer for National Park Planner and I visited Shiloh National Military Park in November 2014. Shiloh National Military Park in Shiloh, Tennessee, preserves the battlefield on which Union and Confederate forces fought a two day battle early in the Civil War on April 6-7, 1862. With huge losses on each side, the country realized that it was in for a long and bloody conflict. After the first day of fighting the Rebels had driven Union troops back to their original landing point at Pittsburg Landing on the Tennessee River. With victory in hand, the Confederate commanders decided to rest the troops overnight and finish off Grant and his army in the morning. However, fresh Union reinforcements arrived that night and the next day’s anticipated Confederate victory turned into a demoralizing defeat. The Confederate living and wounded retreated back to Corinth, Mississippi, a strategic railroad town that was key to controlling what was at the time the southwestern United States. The Military Park includes locations in both Shiloh and Corinth, which is about 25 miles south of Shiloh. The Shiloh unit of the park includes a Visitor Center and small museum, a gift store, the Shiloh National Cemetery, and the preserved battlefield. A tour road leads visitors to various points of interest. The Corinth battlefield is not as well preserved, for much of it was within city limits and was developed at the time the park was created in 1894. However, parcels of the battlefield that lie outside the city have been purchased over the years and were added to the park 2000. Many of these sites simply mark locations where events took place or preserve a few Union and Confederate trenches, so most will only be of interest to true Civil War buffs. Only the Corinth Contraband Camp site offers much in the way of exhibits. However, the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center is far superior to the Shiloh Visitor Center. It is the “Visitor Center” that should be at Shiloh and if you really want to learn about the battle before venturing out onto the battlefield, it would not be a bad idea to start your visit here. It is only a half hour drive between Corinth and Shiloh. For complete information on all there is to see and do, plus nearly 150 quality photos, visit my National Park Planner web site (npplan).
The Adventures of Dan&Stella
Love it! It helped out a lot with writing my book, "Day and Night," which centers around the battle of Shiloh and the men and horses that fought there. The park is beautiful, and very large. If youre interested in the history, be sure to schedule 2-6 hours to see the entire thing. I was there for most of the day. The museum/welcome center is small, but well put together, and the video does a great job explaining it to people who may not be as interested in it as you are! :) The grounds are huge, and very detailed, with signs indicating the positions of different regiments and battle movements, etc. Beautiful area leaves a lot to the imagination sometimes, but there are cannons and monuments in the area. Overall, a great time for a Civil War history buff.
The park was good. As you explore Shiloh, I had the same feeling that I received after visiting Gettysburg that the north and south "ghosts" still inhabit the battlefield. Make sure you stop at the visitors center to watch the film and to grab a map. Even though important battle events are well marked on the self-guided driving tour, the map will give you an in-depth explanation of each stop. I especially enjoyed the nature walk through the Indian Mounds because it was nice to know a portion of the battlefield was used peacefully by the Indians long before the Shiloh battle occurred.
Beautiful park and memorials to those whose lives were lost in the second largest battle of the War Between the States/American Civil War. Time your visit for July or August during a 17 year cicada emergence for an otherworldly experience. Visit nearby Corinth, Mississippi, for several great food options including White Trolley, Russells, and Sweet Peppers. Visit Selmer, Tennessee, to taste legendary Pappy Johns Barbecue.
The last time I visited this place i haf goose bumps for a week after ..I found it to be a very peaceful place honestly I felt emotionally broken and like something didnt want me to leave.. ill never forget that feeling as long as I live I remember going to the bloody pond the sun was shining you can see the Red in the water I was stunned to it was a very crazy but emotional rollercoaster ride experience. ...
This is an incredible battlefield/national cemetery. We started at the visitor center where a friendly employee explained the best way to view the site. He directed us to the auditorium where we watched a film which oriented my non Civil War buff husband. We then toured the battlefield. It is just amazing!! Well done, park service, well done!!
My boyfriend and I just loved it there.. my children werent very happy, but they were young and dont understand the great and sad things that happened there, but one day they will be able to say Hey i remember going there and maybe take there own children someday..
Being a history nerd, I had to visit this battlefield. Thinking this was going to be a typical Civil War site, I planned for my typical response of awe. What I did not expect was how awesome and beautiful the park was. Well worth the time and planning to visit.
Very interesting lots of history. We go down to my brothers Clifton Tennessee the past 5 years and last year was the first year we went. We are back down here this year and my dad says we are going today or tomorrow. Loved all the history.
Lynn Wray Dillard
Love to hike here in the winter and early spring. There is such solemn beauty at every turn. The visitors shop is well stocked with relevant books and trinkets for kids. The park staff are easy to talk to and knowledgeable.
Just a beautiful peaceful place considering its past. Its next to the Tennessee River. There is also a Mississipian Indian village site which was a great experience and a personal highlight for me.
One of our finest national military parks. Well maintained. Well marked. Well marked and maintained trails. Great deer watching. Great eagle watching. Driving tour is excellent.
Ive been coming here since I was a child. There is quite a bit of history in this area. They provide a film on the background of the battle and a cool gift shop.
A Private User
Such historic significance on such hallowed ground. Excellent facilities and esae of movement. Quiet and serene. Plenty to see. Have returned over and over again.
Grew up in this beautiful place. Jordan road is named after my family as my grandparents were the first land owners on the road.home sweet home.
A wonderful place to visit to learn about one of the pivotal battles of the civil war. The place is well run, and the staff knows their stuff
Spent the weekend camping and hiking with the Boy scouts. Had a fantastic time. The history here will give you goosebumps...
What an extensive and historic battlefield! I was lucky enough to visit during the 150th anniversary of the battle.
Listen to A Blaze of Glory by Jeff Shaara. Book on tape before you come here. OMG. There are spirits in the wind.
An amazing park that starts with a video and continues with a beautiful drive through the historical battlefield.
When driving into the park a very humbling feeling comes over you. Very nice park and informational well done.