Shiloh National Military Park

The 4,200-acre Shiloh National Military Park preserves the battlefield of the Battle of Shiloh (also called the Battle of Pittsburg Landing).  The two-day battle, which took place on April 6 and April 7, 1862, was one of the first major battles in the Western Theater of the American Civil War.  It involved approximately 65,000 Union troops under Ulysses S. Grant and Don Carlos Buell and 44,000 Confederates under Albert Sidney Johnston (killed in the battle) and P.G.T. Beauregard. This resulted in nearly 24,000 lives lost.  

The two days of fighting did not end in a decisive tactical victory for either side—the Union held the battlefield but failed to pursue the withdrawing Confederate forces. Strategically, however, it was a decisive defeat for the Confederate forces that had concentrated to oppose Grant’s and Buell’s invasion through Tennessee.

As one of America's best-preserved battlefields with 156 monuments, 217 cannons and more than 650 interpretive markers, the Park also offers a 10-mile self-guided driving tour. Visitors are encouraged to start at the visitors center with a short video, visit the gift shop and experience the park's beautiful views of the Tennessee River with an afternoon drive.

Located within the boundaries of Shiloh Battlefield is also a United States National Cemetery, which contains around 4,000 soldiers and their family members.

A National Historic Landmark in its own right, the Shiloh Indian Mounds, one of the best-preserved examples of a Mississippian mound builder complex in the Southeast, is another sight to visit within the park boundaries. Situated on a bluff overlooking the Tennessee River, Native American town existed more than 800 years ago.

Rectangular mounds still seen today were once platforms for the town's important buildings. The round-topped mounds are burial sites for the society's leaders and other important members. A 1-mile walking trail allows visitors access to wayside exhibits and over three dozen individual house mounds. This is just one of a few remaining places where remnants of prehistoric cultures are visible above ground. 

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Latitude: 35.1517 Longitude: -88.3294 Elevation: 499 ft
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Hours Open

The park grounds are open daily from sunrise to sunset. The Shiloh Visitor Center is open 8:00 am - 5:00 pm daily except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Time Period Represented

1860s

Visitor Fees

No visitor fees

ADA Accessibility Notes

Designated handicapped parking is available at the Shiloh Battlefield Visitor Center, the Shiloh Indian Mound Complex, and the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center.

The Shiloh National Cemetery has a brick sidewalk that provides access to tour the cemetery.

The Shiloh Battlefield Visitor Center, auditorium, bookstore, and the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center and auditorium are completely accessible. Accessible restrooms are located in both facilities with additional accessible Shiloh restrooms located in the Visitor Center parking lot and the picnic area during the summer months. Accessible picnic benches are also located in the picnic area. 

Exhibits at the Shiloh Battlefield Visitor Center and the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center were constructed to allow for unobstructed viewing. All wayside exhibits along the driving tour route are also ADA compliant and accessible.  

Wheelchairs are available for loan at the Shiloh Visitor Center and the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center. 

Pet Friendly Notes

Only officially designated service animals are allowed inside the Shiloh National Military Park Visitor Center, bookstore, National Cemetery and the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center.

How to Get There

From Nashville Tennessee

Get on I-40 W/I-65 N
3 min (0.8 mi)

Follow I-40 W to TN-22 S in Parkers Crossroads. Take exit 108 from I-40 W
1 h 28 min (100 mi)

Continue on TN-22 S. Take TN-69 S to Pittsburg Landing Rd in Shiloh
1 h 2 min (47.6 mi)

Welcome to:
Shiloh Battlefield Visitor Center
1055 Pittsburg Landing Rd, Shiloh, TN 38376

 

From Memphis Tennessee

Get on I-40
1 min (0.4 mi)

Take TN-385 E/Bill Morris Pkwy and US-72 E to MS-2 E in Corinth. Take the MS-2 E exit from MS-2 E/US-45
1 h 36 min (98.7 mi)

Follow MS-2 E and TN-22 N to Pittsburg Landing Rd in Shiloh
32 min (20.3 mi)

Welcome to:
Shiloh Battlefield Visitor Center
1055 Pittsburg Landing Rd, Shiloh, TN 38376

Click here for driving directions https://www.nps.gov/shil/planyourvisit/directions.htm.

 

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