Shiloh National Military Park

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.

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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.