The 1909 tornado at Shiloh national military Park

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First Sergeant
Mar 18, 2011
Clinton, Mississippi
I found the following article in the Southern Sentinel, Ripley Mississippi, October 21, 1909:

Death and ruin in its trail!
Frightful features of Thursday night's cyclone at Shiloh National Park

Additional list of the dead and wounded, with scenes of monuments, etc.., In Cemetery before the cyclone.

The terrific cyclone which passed across southern Tennessee, northern Alabama and Georgia last Thursday night was one of the worst ever passing through this part of the country. The cloud was seen and watched by many people of Ripley and it was thought that there was a tornado brewing. In the number killed this cyclone surpasses the record of any previous disaster visited upon this part of the country. The following graphic description from the Daily Corinthian on Monday gives an idea of the destruction around Pittsburg Landing .

"A visit to Shiloh battlefield, (Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee) which 47 years ago last April, was the scene of one of the bloodiest and most terrible battles of the Civil War, today shows a scene of ruthless destruction of life, limb and property, the result of last Thursday nights terrific cyclone, that beggars description. Nearly 2000 people, from every direction, visited the old landmark yesterday to view the destruction of what was once one of the loveliest spots in this country.

Pittsburg Landing can be rebuilt within a few years, but scores of years will be required to replace the valuable works of art that cost years of labor and thousands of dollars that have been destroyed in that famous national cemetery. Many a venerable tree which was a silent witness of the great storm of battle which rended the fields and ensanguined the soil upon the memorable 6th and 7th of April 1862, lie prone upon the same field which drank the lifeblood of the brave and gallant Albert Sidney Johnson and thousands of other brave sons of the South.

Many of the trees were valuable landmarks in laying off the Shiloh National Cemetery, and, as such, will be sadly missed by the veterans of both armies when revisiting the place " where the battle was fought ."

The human suffering at the scene of devastation is so great that little attention has been directed toward the destruction of the monuments and government buildings, and, it being so nearly in touch with Corinth and her homes, makes us realize more keenly how terrible and heartrending it was; and, also, to feel a deeper and more personal sympathy for those who lost so heavily by it.

Live animals discovered there as late as Sunday morning were found under heaps of rubbish, and it was reported that there were two or three persons missing ( names unknown), and that their bodies were supposed to be buried under the debris. However, residents of the community who were in a position to know, deny this report.

In the park there was little or no damage done, while in the immediate vicinity of the landing there is not a building left standing in its entirety, except a small blacksmith shop. one room of Capt. Dean's residence in the cemetery is standing, though considerably damaged.

Eleven deaths were reported today from the cyclone of Thursday, in addition to the list given Friday in the Daily Corinthian. These swell the total number of dead reported to 46. If rumors of deaths at various points are to be believed, 68 people were killed by the cyclone in Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia.
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