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Shiloh National Military Park

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How to Get to Shiloh National Military Park:

Shiloh National Military Park is located 110 miles east of Memphis, Tennessee. It is accessible from I-40 via TN 22 south and from Memphis along TN 57 east and TN 22 north.

Park Size:

5,065 acres

Description:

The bitter battle fought here April 6-7, 1862, prepared the way for Major General U.S. Grant's successful siege of Vicksburg. Well-preserved prehistoric Indian mounds overlook the river and the Shiloh (Pittsburg Landing) National Cemetery adjoins the park. Besides preserving the site of the battle in Tennessee, the park commemorates the subsequent siege, battle, and occupation of the key railroad junction at nearby Corinth, Mississippi. The Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center, one of the National Park Service's newest visitor centers, is located in the northeast corner of Mississippi near the Tennessee border, 22 miles southwest of Pittsburg Landing.

Things to Do at Shiloh National Military Park:

A good starting point is to view the orientation film and museum exhibits at the Shiloh Battlefield Visitor Center. Walk through the National Cemetery and to Pittsburg Landing on the Tennessee River. Along the ten-mile, self-guided auto-tour, stop at each of the 14 wayside exhibits (the bookstore offers an audio tape tour).

Living history events are offered near the battle's anniversary, on Memorial Day weekend and periodically during summer months. A variety of interpretive programs, including rifle-firing demonstrations, are offered daily June through mid-August. During fall and spring, ranger-led programs are available on weekends.

Operating Hours:

The park is open daily from 8am to dusk all year except for Christmas Day. Peak season runs from April through Labor Day.

History:

Established on December 27, 1894; transferred from War Department on August 10, 1933.

Contact Information:

Shiloh National Military Park
11055 Pittsburg Landing Rd
Shiloh, TN 38376
731-689-5696 - Shiloh Battlefield Visitor Center 662-287-9273 - Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center
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