Shiloh National Military Park

Quick Facts

Shiloh National Military Park

Tennessee

(731) 689-5696

Map Directions

Things To Do

Overview

Shiloh National Military Park was established in 1894 to preserve the scene of the first major battle in the Western theater of the Civil War. The two-day battle, April 6 and 7, 1862, involved about 65,000 Union and 44,000 Confederate troops. This battle resulted in nearly 24,000 killed, wounded, and missing. It proved to be a decisive victory for the federal forces when they advanced on and seized control of the Confederate railway system at Corinth, Mississippi. The battlefield contains about 4,000 acres and has within its boundaries the Shiloh National Cemetery along with the well-preserved prehistoric American Indian mounds that are listed as a historic landmark. The park is located in Hardin County, on the west bank of the Tennessee River, and about nine miles south of Savannah, Tennessee.

The park has one of the National Park Service's newest visitor centers. It interprets the key role of Corinth, Mississippi, in the Civil War's Western Theater.

Map of Shiloh

Latitude, Longitude: 35.149730, -88.346115

READ MORE

Activities

  • Bicycling

    Visitors can bike the auto tour route.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The Shiloh Battlefield has a 9.5 mile auto tour route with 14 tour stops at such famous places as Bloody Pond, the Hornet's Nest, and the Albert Sidney Johnston death site. Visitors may also take auto and walking tours of Civil War Corinth, MS. This route includes surviving Civil War fortifications, homes used by Civil War Generals, and portions of the Corinth Battlefield.

  • Hiking

    There are opportunities for hiking in the park.

  • Historic Sites

    Both the Shiloh Battlefield and the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center have large exhibit spaces dedicated to showing visitors the tools of war, the people who used those tools, and the effects of their use.

    Both Shiloh and Corinth host several living history events throughout the year, mostly from April to October. The major event each year is the Battle of Shiloh anniversary living history demonstration.

  • Picnicking

    There are picnic sites throughout the park.

Seasonality/Weather

The area is hot and humid in summer; there are mild winters with frequent inclement weather.

Directions

Driving

Access by state roads with personal vehicles. Traveling along I-40, exit at Lexington TN, take Highway 22 South. Traveling from Memphis TN, take Highway 57 East, Highway 22 North.

Flying

The park is 110 miles from the Memphis airport and 150 miles from the Nashville airport.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(731) 689-5696

Links