Monday, November 14, 2016

Shiloh National Military Park and Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center

The Civil War history started as soon as we entered the state!
In 2014, my  mother and I took a vacation to Tennessee for a week.  We started in Memphis: Beale Street, toured the Gibson factory, saw the ducks at the Peabody Hotel, and went to see the river from Confederate Park. 
Beale Street

Ducks at the Peabody!

Cannon in Confederate Park (and let me introduce you to Sigmund the Penguin)

From there, we drove across the state to Shiloh.  My mother really wanted to go, but it's not easily accessible so she'd never been (and my mom has been to all 50 states). I also wanted to go because my great great great grandfather's regiment was at the battle so chances are, so was he.  On the way over to Shiloh, we stopped at every Tennessee Civil War Trails site I could find. 

Our first day in the area, we just went over to explore the outside of the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center, and I went over there the next morning on my own before we went to Shiloh NMP.

Civil War history plus railroads is my favorite!
Next up, Shiloh!  I'll be honest, I kind of wish that I had taken more actual battlefield photos and wasn't in such a "Take a picture of every sign" mode.  But hey, you live and you learn.  I definitely wouldn't have thought that several years later I'd be starting a blog about my travels and be attempting to visit all the national parks in our nation so...Here's what I've got.  I've posted the pictures in the order they were taken as we drove the auto tour (for the most part), so I know that they aren't in proper battle order but this was what was easiest for me. 

Unknown soldiers at the Shiloh National Cemetery.  The cemetery contains 3,584 Union soldiers, over 2,300 are unknown.
My great great great grandfather was in the Army of the Ohio, 17th Indiana.

17th Indiana monument
The Hornet's Nest is at the center of Shiloh's battlefield and saw heavy combat on both days of the battle.

Shiloh NMP has five Confederate mass graves. All the soldiers are unknown. There may be as many as a dozen mass graves on the battlefield, but only five are marked. More about the national cemetery and the Confederate graves can be found here. And here. And this is an interesting blog post with some more photos.

It was rainy when we were at Shiloh.  I  may or may not have gone running around the battlefield in the rain...Particularly down the Sunken Road...Which wasn't actually sunken, it was just a farm road.
The Union soldiers who died and were buried in mass graves were moved to the National Cemetery in 1866, while the Confederates were left in the mass, unknown graves.  While I understand on some level, they were not United States personnel, it makes me sad because they were fighting for what they believed just as much as the Union soldiers were and over 150 years later, they are still in these mass graves

Bloody Pond which may have not actually been bloodstained.  It's a battle myth that they haven't proven.

The Northern name for the battle was Pittsburg Landing

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