Following the victory at Fort Donelson, Union General Ulysses S. Grant moved his 50,000 troops aboard steamboats down the Tennessee River to Pittsburg Landing. The army camped near a log church named the Shiloh Meeting House where they awaited the marching Army of Ohio before advancing on the important railroad crossroads in Corinth, Mississippi. The Confederate army launched a surprise attack on April 6, 1862, pushing the enemy lines back two miles before Union reinforcements finally arrived. After two days and 23,746 soldiers killed, wounded, captured, or missing, the Confederates abandoned the field and Corinth. There were an additional 7,000 casualties when they failed to recapture the town in October 1862.
Museum, film, driving tour, Shiloh Meeting House, Indian mounds, cannons
Start with the great 45-minute movie at the National Park Service (NPS) visitor center then take the 12.7-mile driving tour with twenty stops that passes 150 commemorative monuments, 229 cannons, and 4,000 graves in Shiloh National Cemetery. The site also contains 800-year-old American Indian mounds within a 45-acre National Historic Landmark. A free pass to the Tennessee River Museum in Savannah is also provided at the NPS visitor center. In addition to the NPS unit in Shiloh, Tennessee, there is an Interpretive Center 22 miles away in Corinth, Mississippi.
The short trail through the 800-year-old Indian mounds provides views of the Tennessee River.
A reconstruction of the Shiloh Meeting House log church is found along the driving tour.
All roads paved
None in the park, but Pickwick Landing State Park is located 15 miles to the southeast.
Fort Donelson National Battlefield (Tennessee-Kentucky)
Stones River National Battlefield (Tennessee)
Vicksburg National Military Park (Mississippi)
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