Shiloh National Military Park

Bloody Pond

Every major battlefield in the Civil War had areas of intense fighting that became indelibly etched in the collective memory of the participating soldiers. The soldiers often gave these areas descriptive names, perhaps in an attempt to put words to the horror that swept over them: Bloody Lane at Antietam, the Angle at Gettysburg, and the Mule Shoe at Spotsylvania. One of the first, and bloodiest, of the conflict was the Hornets' Nest at Shiloh.

Bloody Pond is located behind the far left of the Federal's Hornet's Nest line (as seen from the Federal's perspective, looking south). The other sections of the Hornets' Nest can be seen in the Hornets' Nest I (Duncan Field), Hornets' Nest II (Hornets' Nest Center), Hornets' Nest III (Peach Orchard), and Wallace Monument pages.

Bloody Pond (32K)

Image: Bloody Pond. The pond now known as Bloody Pond is located north of the Peach Orchard, behind the left of the Union's Hornet's Nest line. As the Hornets' Nest line collapsed, Federal troops fell back to north of this pond, then retreated through the pond area. The pond got its name after it was tainted by the blood of the dead and the dying in and around the water.

This photograph was taken in March, 2000 with a Nikon F-601 autofocus SLR, using a Nikkor 24mm - 50mm f2.8 wide angle zoom lens. The image was captured on Fuji ISO 200 film.