Shiloh National Military Park

Two Union armies, the Army of the Tennessee under Ulysses S. Grant and the Army of the Ohio under Don Carlos Buell, penetrated the Confederate defensive line deep into Tennessee. Grant's army rested and drilled near the banks of the Tennessee River, while Buell moved south to join them. Unknown to the Union Generals, Albert Sidney Johnston was heading east with his Army of the Mississippi. He intended to destroy Grant's army, and then confront Buell. On April 6, 1862 the Confederates pounced on Grant's unsuspecting Yankee troops, driving them almost to the river. Poor communication, stiff resistance in the center of the Union line, and the death of Johnston delayed the Confederate assault, preventing them from destroying Grant before night fell. That evening Buell's army crossed the river and reinforced Grant. Grant launched his counterattack the following day and drove the Confederates from the field.

The Battle of Shiloh was the second Great Battle of the Civil War (after 1st Manassas/Bull Run), and the first to truly show the brutality that was a hallmark of the conflict.

Click on the picture on one of the maps, or on a link below one of the maps, to see photographs from that portion of the battlefield.

Shiloh Map 1

81st Ohio · Confederate Burial Trench · Confederate Monument · Johnston Monument · McAllister's Battery · Michigan State Memorial · Morton's Battery · National Cemetery · Raith Monument · Shiloh Church · Visitor Center · Water Oaks Pond

Shiloh Map 2

25th Missouri · Bloody Pond · Davis Wheat Field · Field Hospital Area · Gladden Monument · Hamburg-Purdy Road · Hornets' Nest I (Duncan Field) · Hornets' Nest II (Hornets' Nest Center) · Hornets' Nest III (Peach Orchard) · Peabody Monument · Review Field · Ruggles' Battery · Wallace Monument