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Shiloh

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Earlier this year when we were making a trip to Memphis and Arkansas, we stayed one night nearby Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee.  I really didn't know anything about it other than that one of my relatives on my grandfather's side (Major General Leonidas Polk -- he was also an Episcopal Bishop -- and was, before the war, one of the founders of the University of the South) led the First Corps, Army of Mississippi here.

Shiloh National Battlefield Park, Tennessee

The battle was from April 6-7, 1862 and was, at the time, the bloodiest battle in our country's history.
Shiloh National Battlefield Park, TN

There were 13,047 Union casualties and losses and 10,699 for the CSA.
Shiloh National Battlefield Park, Tennessee

The original Shiloh church didn't survive the battle, but was reconstructed in 2006, sponsored by the Sons:
Shiloh National Battlefield Park, TN

Shiloh National Battlefield Park, TN

Shiloh National Battlefield Park, TN

Shiloh National Battlefield Park, TN

One of the other really interesting parts of the park were the Indian mounds:
Shiloh National Battlefield Park, TN

The park calls these mounds the 'largest surviving prehistoric site in the Tennessee River Valley and one of the least disturbed areas of earthen mounds in the eastern United States.  The town here at the mounds existed about 800 years ago.
Shiloh National Battlefield Park, TN

This is the view of the Tennessee River from the top of the tallest one:
Shiloh National Battlefield Park, TN

Shiloh National Battlefield Park, Tennessee

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