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Where is it at?
Shiloh National Military Park
1055 Pittsburg Landing Road
Tel: 731 689-5696
Where are we going today?
The Civil War was one of the most defining events in American history, and what better way to learn about it than for the family to actually visit some of the locations that the battles took place. History really will be right under your feet!
Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee lets you visit the sites of what is described as the "most epic struggle in the Western Theater of the Civil War."
It really was an amazing event, with nearly 110,000 American troops engaging in a bloody battle which resulted in over 23,000 deaths. This was more than all of America's past wars...combined.
The Shiloh and the Corinth battlefields are there ready to let kids understand the impact that this battle had on the war, the soldiers, as well as the nation.
When you arrive at the Shiloh National Military Park, the Shiloh Battlefield and Corinth Civil War Interpretive Centers are great places to start. Both are filled with exhibits to show you all the tools that were used in the war, as well as the effects of their use.
There are also great films for you to watch which is a great introduction so as you walk around the park, you will be able to really imagine what went on right on the ground you are standing. It's pretty amazing!
The best way to then explore the battlefields are self-guided tours. Shiloh Battlefield's audio tour takes you on a 12.7 mile auto tour and covers 20 stops of some pretty famous and significant places, such as the Peach Orchard, death site of Albert Sidney Johnston, and the Hornet's Nest.
The Civili War Corinth audio tours are perfect to use on your own self-guided walking tour, which takes you to some amazing historic features, from Civil War fortifications, to homes used by the generals, and of course portions of the Corinth Battlefield.
History can live once more through great sites like the Shiloh National Military Park!
How much does it cost?
When can we go?
8am - 5pm daily.
All year round, but closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days, and Christmas Eve.
The Junior Ranger program is a great way for kids to learn about the park, AND become a park ranger! They also can help you plan your field trip. .
Any Top Tips?
There are ranger-led tours and programs from Memorial Day to Labor Day..
Doing our bit
The park is dedicated to preserving these important historic sites, and offering a way for kids to learn and keep the stories being told.
Need a little extra help?
Wheelchairs are available to loan, and all areas are accessible! They also have designated handicapped parking available. .
Can I get one of those?
There are two book stores which sell books, maps, post cards, and Civil War related items .
From April to October, there are several living history events held! .
What people are saying?
by Jeff Moran
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 visitor's 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...Read More
by Jason Foutch
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. ...
by KeRi Fl
Went with the Boy Scouts as a teenager. It was an amazing experience!
by Bryan Wayne
I live 40 miles away from here, and ive been to the park hundreds of times. Beautiful, and historically correct!
by Tara Umhoefer
Very nice park!! Very Friendly People!!:)) Great Getaway My Kids Love it!! :)
by Jeff Moran
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 visitor's 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.