It is such a special place@16thAL has started a really informative thread presenting pictures of the monuments and markers of Shiloh. Yet how many markers (called tablets), cannons and monuments are there in the 4,000 plus acres of Shiloh National Military Park?
I have quoted some excerpts from the Wisconsin at Shiloh report of 1909 to provide some answers. Remember these were the facts in 1909 and monuments have been erected and cannons moved to and fro.
What the Shiloh National Military Park Commission Has Done Since Its Organization.
April 7, 1906 Dedication of the Wisconsin Monument
"The United States Government has erected five mortuary monuments to Wallace, Peabody and Raith (Union), Johnston and Gladden (Confederate). They are of the same design, except that of "Wallace, and are placed where the respective officers fell. There have also been erected by the United States, headquarters monuments, all of the same design, at the places where five division — McClernand, W. H. L. Wallace, Hurlbut. Sherman, and Prentiss — and nine brigade — Hare, Ross, Tuttle, McArthur, Sweeny, Veatch, McDowell, Stuart and Peabody — headquarters were located.
There are 226 guns mounted in the park, all in positions where batteries fought on both days and on both sides. They are mounted on cast-iron carriages, the trails and wheels being placed on concrete foundations. These guns mark 127 Union and 99 Confederate battery positions. Iron tablets planted into cement foundations have been erected, showing 226 Union and 171 Confederate positions, with appropriate legends thereon.
In addition to these there are erected 254 more iron tablets, divided as follows: Union camp tablets, 83; general historical tablets, 25: brigade headquarters tablets. 9; explanatory tablets 6: law tablets 6; iron road signs 90; grave markers, 35; grand total of iron tablets, signs and markers, 651, all of a permanent nature. In addition to these, the Government is about to erect one monument to each arm of the service in commemoration of the Infantry, Cavalry and Artillery of the United States Army participating in the battle, an appropriation of $6,000 having been made by the Congress of the United States for that purpose."
So true . I am proud to say I am one that has seen those and I have been down that ravine several times . Thank you for posting those .View attachment 330608
I'd say these markers buried in the woods behind the Confederate Monument, although located on a trail, are off the beaten path, at least for most people!
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Another marker indicating where Federals were once buried:
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Although well-known, not everyone bothers to go all the way down in the ravine:
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Although it's another located on a trail, the Arkansas State Monument is also somewhat obscure, located within the Hornet's Nest:Those are the markers to visit in Winter! Ticks, chiggers and snakes all gone away along with the Red Wasps that love the cannons!!!
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