An Afternoon at Shiloh National Military Park.

I kind of stumbled into this park when I missed my turn driving through the boondocks of Tennessee. It was late afternoon but I thought I might as well take advantage of the situation.

They have a nice visitor center and the park itself has memorials all over it to recognize all those who fought and lost their lives here at the Battle of Shiloh. This was a bloody battle with over 23 thousand casualties during the American Civil War. This one battle had more casualties than all of America’s previous wars combined.

The fine folks at the Visitors Center suggested I hike the tick infested Sunken Road. This was a nice 1.2 mile round trip flat hike leaving from the #3 stop on the driving tour and ending at the W Manse George Cabin. It passes through the area also known as the Hornet’s Nest as the worst of the fighting occurred in this area. The hike itself was a nice easy jaunt and I was surprised to see a peach orchard growing near the cabin at the turnaround point.

After removing the small ticks from around my ankles, I drove across the park to see the Shiloh Church and then departed back on my way towards Alabama.

This small Park is quick to get around and see everything. I enjoy history in general so it was a good time. If you are in the area stop in and check it out. rk