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Haunted Shiloh National Military Park

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In Shiloh’s bloody aftermath, the dead of both armies were hastily buried across the battlefield. The U.S. dead were later re-interred in Shiloh National Cemetery (1866-1868), and the mass graves of Confederate dead preserved through the creation of Shiloh National Military Park in 1894. Hometo the most famous Shiloh ghost is its "Drummer Boy."

"Shiloh" means "peace" in Hebrew."

Shiloh National Military Park was originally under the jurisdiction of the United States War Department, who worked with veterans to build and monument the park. It was only in 1933 that Shiloh and the other battlefields were transferred to the National Park Service.

Bloody Shiloh.....

“No soldier who took part in the two day’s engagement at Shiloh ever spoiled for a fight again,” recalled one Union veteran. “We wanted a square, stand-up fight [and] got all we wanted of it.” Besides preserving the site of the bloody April 1862 battle in Tennessee, the park commemorates the subsequent siege, battle, and occupation of the key railroad junction at nearby Corinth, Mississippi.

Shiloh National Military Park hosts several special events and living history demonstrations throughout the year. Shiloh National Cemetery contains almost four-thousand American veterans and their family members.

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Shiloh Church ghost Photo sent to us by Kaymen Martin.

Two future United States presidents fought at the Battle of Shiloh. Ulysses S. Grant commanded the Federal Army of the Tennessee, while James A. Garfield commanded a brigade in the Federal Army of the Ohio.

The Battle of Shiloh, also known as the Battle of Pittsburg Landing, was a major battle in the Western Theater of the American Civil War, fought on April 6 and April 7, 1862, in southwestern Tennessee. Confederate forces under Generals Albert Sidney Johnston and P.G.T. Beauregard launched a surprise attack against the Union army of Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and came close to defeating his army.

The two-day battle of Shiloh, the costliest in U.S. history up to that time, resulted in the defeat of the Confederate army and frustration of Johnston's plans to prevent the joining of the two Union armies in Tennessee. Federal casualties were 13,047 (1,754 killed, 8,408 wounded, and 2,885 missing); Confederate casualties were 10,694 (1,728 killed, 8,012 wounded, and 959 missing or captured).[35] This total of 23,741 men represented more than the American casualties of the American Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Mexican-American War combined.




The First Day
April 6, 1862

With the loss of Forts Henry and Donelson in February, General Johnston withdrew his disheartened Confederate forces into west Tennessee, northern Mississippi and Alabama to reorganize. In early March, General Halleck responded by ordering General Grant to advance his Union Army of West Tennessee on an invasion up the Tennessee River.


Occupying Pittsburg Landing, Grant entertained no thought of a Confederate attack. Halleck's instructions were that following the arrival of General Buell's Army of the Ohio from Nashville, Grant would advance south in a joint offensive to seize the Memphis & Charleston Railroad, the Confederacy's only east-west all weather supply route that linked the lower Mississippi Valley to cities on the Confederacy's east coast.
Assisted by his second-in-command, General Beauregard, Johnston shifted his scattered forces and concentrated almost 55,000 men around Corinth. Strategically located where the Memphis & Charleston crossed the Mobile & Ohio Railroad, Corinth was the western Confederacy's most important rail junction.


On April 3, realizing Buell would soon reinforce Grant, Johnston launched an offensive with his newly christened Army of the Mississippi. Advancing upon Pittsburg Landing with 43,938 men, Johnston planned to surprise Grant, cut his army off from retreat to the Tennessee River, and drive the Federals west into the swamps of Owl Creek.


In the gray light of dawn, April 6, a small Federal reconnaissance discovered Johnston's army deployed for battle astride the Corinth road, just a mile beyond the forward Federal camps. Storming forward, the Confederates found the Federal position unfortified. Johnston had achieved almost total surprise. By mid-morning, the Confederates seemed within easy reach of victory, overrunning one frontline Union division and capturing its camp. However, stiff resistance on the Federal right entangled Johnston's brigades in a savage fight around Shiloh Church. Throughout the day, Johnston's army hammered the Federal right, which gave ground but did not break. Casualties upon this brutal killing ground were immense.


Meanwhile, Johnston's flanking attack stalled in front of Sarah Bell's peach orchard and the dense oak thicket labeled the "hornet's nest" by the Confederates. Grant's left flank withstood Confederate assaults for seven crucial hours before being forced to yield ground in the late afternoon. Despite inflicting heavy casualties and seizing ground, the Confederates only drove Grant towards the river, instead of away from it. The Federal survivors established a solid front before Pittsburg Landing and repulsed the last Confederate charge as dusk ended the first day of fighting.

The Second Day
April 7, 1862

Shiloh's first day of slaughter also witnessed the death of the Confederate leader, General Johnston, who fell at mid-afternoon, struck down by a stray bullet while directing the action on the Confederate right. At dusk, the advance division of General Buell's Federal Army of the Ohio reached Pittsburg Landing, and crossed the river to file into line on the Union left during the night. Buell's arrival, plus the timely appearance of a reserve division from Grant's army, led by Major General Lewis Wallace, fed over 22,500 reinforcements into the Union lines. On April 7, Grant renewed the fighting with an aggressive counterattack.


Taken by surprise, General Beauregard managed to rally 30,000 of his badly disorganized Confederates, and mounted a tenacious defense. Inflicting heavy casualties on the Federals, Beauregard's troops temporarily halted the determined Union advance. However, strength in numbers provided Grant with a decisive advantage. By midafternoon, as waves of fresh Federal troops swept forward, pressing the exhausted Confederates back to Shiloh Church, Beauregard realized his armies' peril and ordered a retreat. During the night, the Confederates withdrew, greatly disorganized, to their fortified stronghold at Corinth. Possession of the grisly battlefield passed to the victorious Federal's, who were satisfied to simply reclaim Grant's camps and make an exhausted bivouac among the dead.


General Johnston's massive and rapid concentration at Corinth, and surprise attack on Grant at Pittsburg Landing, had presented the Confederacy with an opportunity to reverse the course of the war. The aftermath, however, left the invading Union forces still poised to carry out the capture of the Corinth rail junction. Shiloh's awesome toll of 23,746 men killed, wounded, or missing brought a shocking realization to both sides that the war would not end quickly.
Source: "The Atlas of the Civil War" by James M. McPherson

Hornet's Nest

Map of the Battle of Shiloh, afternoon of April 6, 1862On the main Union defensive line, starting at about 9:00 a.m., men of Prentiss's and W.H.L. Wallace's divisions established and held a position nicknamed the Hornet's Nest, in a field along a road now popularly called the "sunken road", although there is little physical justification for that name. The Confederates assaulted the position for several hours rather than simply bypassing it, and suffered heavy casualties during these assaults. The Union forces to the left and right of the Nest were forced back under the weight of the continued pressure and Prentiss's position became a salient in the line. Coordination among units in the Nest was poor and units withdrew based solely on their individual commanders' decisions. This pressure increased with the mortal wounding of Wallace, who commanded the largest concentration of troops in the position. Regiments became disorganized and companies disintegrated. However, it was not until the attackers assembled 62 cannons to blast the line that they were able to surround the position and the Hornet's Nest fell after holding for seven hours. A large portion of the Federal survivors were captured, but their sacrifice bought time for Grant to establish a final defense line near Pittsburg Landing

Confederate Monument at Shiloh Ghost Semt to us by Diane Arroya

The evening of April 6 was a dispiriting end to the first day of one of the bloodiest battles in U.S. history. The desperate screams of soldiers dying on the fields between the armies could be heard in the Union and Confederate camps throughout the night. A thunderstorm passed through the area and rhythmic shelling from the Union gunboats made the night a miserable experience for all. A famous anecdote encapsulates Grant's attitude on temporary setbacks and his tendency for offensive action. As the exhausted Confederate soldiers bedded down in the abandoned Union camps, Sherman encountered Grant under a tree, sheltering himself from the pouring rain, smoking one of his cigars, considering his losses and planning for the next day. Sherman remarked, "Well, Grant, we've had the devil's own day, haven't we?" Grant looked up. "Yes," he replied, followed by a puff. "Yes. Lick 'em tomorrow, though."

Dhiloh ghost photo sent to us by Davy Fisher, Look in front of the cannon muzzel you can see the ghost of soldiers attacking!

In the immediate aftermath of the battle, Northern newspapers vilified Grant for his performance during the battle on April 6. Reporters, many far from the battle, spread the story that Grant had been drunk, falsely alleging that this had resulted in many of his men being bayoneted in their tents due to a lack of defensive preparedness. Despite the Union victory, Grant's reputation suffered in Northern public opinion. Many credited Buell with taking control of the broken Federal forces and leading them to victory on April 7. Calls for Grant's removal deluged the White House. President Abraham Lincoln replied with one of his most famous quotations about Grant: "I can't spare this man; he fights." Sherman emerged as an immediate hero, his steadfastness under fire and chaos atoning for his previous melancholy and his defensive lapses preceding the battle. Today, however, Grant is recognized positively for the clear judgment he was able to retain under the strenuous circumstances, and his ability to perceive the larger tactical picture that ultimately resulted in victory on the second day.


Ghost of the Battlefield

Battle of Shiloh took place April 6-7, 1862, when more than 23,000 Union and Confederate soldiers were killed. A nearby pool was stained red by the blood of men and horses that fell dead on its shores. Ghosts of Confederate soldiers wander the burial trenches between Water Oaks Pond and Crescent Field.

The most famous Shiloh ghost is its "Drummer Boy." As legend goes, on the second day of battle, a Union officer ordered the drummer to sound "Retreat" as Confederate soldiers advanced. Instead, the boy sounded "Attack," which Union solders then did, eventually driving the enemy back. When the officer went to find the drummer boy to thank him, the boy was dead. In 1940, the story continues, construction crews working on a new road through the area found the skeleton of a child, pieces of a drum cord still tied around his neck and a bullet in the area of his heart.

Shiloh ghost Photo sent to us from Bob O'Connel

Many say they see the dead soldiers walking the grounds at all times of the day. Often it is said many seemed dazed and lost. The smell of ghostly gun powder fills the air at times and the sound of canons eing fired is also reported by many visitors.

It has been reported by various people who have had to enter the Cemetery area numerous screams and moans can be heard high energy can be felt and extreme chills even in the middle of summerthroughout the Battlfield itself.

The Surrender House in Dover, Tennessee which is part of Fort Donelson National Battlefield Park is haunted.

Fort Donelson National Battlefield - Cemetery - haunted by the ghost of Civil War infantryman Reuben Hammond, who is buried there. Reuben believes his job is to stand watch and make sure his dead comrades are safe. He's also very lonely and sad because no one talks to him. Gun shots fired throughout the night are said to heard often.



Operating Hours & Seasons


Shiloh Battlefield: The park is open every day except Christmas Day from dawn until dusk . The park visitor center and bookstore are open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Peak season runs from April through Labor Day.

Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center: The center is open every day except Christmas Day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Peak season runs from April through Labor Day.

ENTRANCE FEES

Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center: No fees!

Shiloh Battlefield:

Family - Single Private Vehicle
Fees: $5.00 - 7 Days

Individual
Fees: $3.00 - 7 Days

Commercial Vechicle, 7-25 passenger capacity
Fees: $40

Commercial Vehicle, 1-6 passenger capacity
Fees: $25

Commercial Vehicle, 26+ passenger capacity
Fees: $100

Golden Age/National Park Pass/ Golden Access
Fees: Free!
Details: We accept the Golden Age, National Park, and Golden Access passes at the park Visitor Center.

Annual Park Pass
Fees: $10.00 - 12 Months
Details: The Shiloh Annual Park Pass is valid only at Shiloh National Military Park for one year from the date of purchase.

School Groups
Fees: Free!
Details: The Land and Water Conservation Fund Act allows the waiving of some recreational and entrance fees for school groups and other bona fide educational institutions for educational visits related directy to the unique resources found within National Park Service areas. Teachers desiring an educational fee waiver must submit a request on school letterhead one month prior to the group's anticipated visit. The letter must LIST SPECIFIC LEARNING OBJECTIVES for the field trip, and include the following: date of visit; time of visit; number of children; number of adults, school's name, address, phone number, fax number, and e:mail address; and a primary contact name. As teachers are often difficult to reach during classes, it is helpful to have a home telephone number so that park staff may speak directly with the teacher who is making the arrangements.


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