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“One of the very best of all Civil War parks.”

Shiloh National Military Park
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Shiloh
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Park honoring the Civil War battle at Shiloh and containing the cemetery where the fallen soldiers were buried.
Trussville, Alabama
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“One of the very best of all Civil War parks.”
Reviewed February 6, 2014

Largely because it is off the beaten path and not near an urban area, this is (argueably) the best preserved of all of the Civil War battlefields. Every effort has been made to return it to, and maintain it in, it's state at the time of the battle; up to and including what is planted in the fields. Haunting because of it's almost eerie quietness. Virtually never crowded except on summer weekends and even then not badly. Excellent small museum with an outstanding film to put the battle in historical perspective. Beautiful National Cemetary overlooking the Tennessee River adjacent to the museum. Great self-guided auto tour and very helpful staff.

Visited April 2013
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“My favourite battlefield site”
Reviewed January 27, 2014

I did a number of battlefields this tour and this was my absolute favourite. It is a huge park with plenty of signage and monuments. It is haunting and will give you some time to reflect. It is both a driving tour and there are many places you can get out and walk the ground.

You start at the visitor's centre and watch an excellent film describing the battle. The driving tour is well marked.

It took me 6 hours including the film.

Don't forget to check out the bookstore with plenty of books on Shiloh.

Visited January 2014
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East Northport, New York
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“SO much to see!”
Reviewed January 24, 2014

I had no idea this battlefield was so large! TONS of monuments, excellent guided tours to take in your own car--about 3 hours. We learned a lot at the Visitor's Center. Be sure to go down to the river and National Cemetary.

Visited November 2013
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Annapolis, Maryland
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“Just do it”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

For years we drove the interstates blowing by exits for Shiloh National Military Park. It's one of those things that is on the big bucket list, that you may not get around to unless you make a concerted effort to do so. If you have any family who fought in Corinth or Shiloh, or are interested in Civil War history -- this is a must.

Similar to other battlefield layouts such as Manassas/ Bull Run, The Wilderness, Fredericksburg, etc, Shiloh is well laid out, easy to navigate after a stop at the Visitors Center. The new video launched in the fall of 2013 is gripping and informative, featuring some of the park employees who were barely recognizable. Very well done.

Bring snacks or light lunch and plenty of water so that you don't feel as if you need to leave before you have seen the entire park. Wear your hiking shoes, get out of the car and walk back through some of the fields to markers. Let your eye wander the ridges of the burial grounds where thousands of Confederate soldiers were buried in mass graves; take in the topography and undergrowth of the so-called Hornets Nest; walk the trenches behind the berms built in a night; envision the rains, mud and water flows through the runs and creeks in this massive space; choose a unit and follow that unit's movements through the battle. Study the wall map at the Visitors Center well and it will carry you throughout the hours of the battle. There is a great detailed one available in the gift shop across the parking lot if you have a few hours to really absorb what happened here. Gripping stories. Nothing, even civil war prisons, brought the war home to us like Shiloh. Just do it.

Visited November 2013
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Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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“A beautiful park”
Reviewed December 21, 2013

The Battle of Shiloh was a wakeup call for the North and the South The number of casualties was appalling. Grant nearly lost his reputation. The Hornets' Nest and the Bloody Pond will never be forgotten. After the battle Governor Harvey of Wisconsin came down to bring medical supplies to the wounded Badgers. He slipped and fell off a gangplank, fell into the river and drowned. This is an absolutely beautiful park with an eerie vibe. Early in the morning I walked the path along what had been the front at the Hornets' nest. If was foggy and I was the only human there. As I stood there I could feel every hair on my body stand up. I realized this is where Iowan troops repulsed attack after attack until they were blasted from their position by cannon fire. Later as I stood near the Bloody Pond, I was filled with a near overwhelming dread. It is a beautiful place with a horrible history. There are ghosts there.

Visited July 2013
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