Shiloh National Military Site is a stark reminder of the terrible cost of war. A total of 23,746 men were wounded, captured, or killed during the two-day Civil War battle of Shiloh in April 1862—more than were lost during the Revolutionary War, The War of 1812, and the Mexican-American war combined. At the time, it was the worst battle in U.S. history. Yet eight costlier battles were yet to come in the war. The park encompasses the 5,000-acre battlefield, as well as 21 acres surrounding a railroad junction in Corinth, Mississippi, the site of a later siege. A 12.9-mile driving tour highlights 20 key sites; visitors can also watch films about the conflicts and explore exhibits about the implements of war.
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Blog Post 23,743 Luminaries Commemorate the Battle of Shiloh Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee commemorated the 150th anniversary of what many consider to be the first major battle of the Civil War. Park officials honored the 23,743 casualties from that two-day battle by lighting candles throughout the battlefield in a "Grand Illumination"—a moving highlight to more than a week of related events at the park.
Report Center for State of the Parks: Tennessee's Civil War National Parks In recognition of the important historical events that Fort Donelson National Battlefield, Shiloh National Military Park, Stones River National Battlefield, and Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park commemorate and interpret, the National Parks Conservation Association’s Center for State of the Parks conducted assessments to determine the current conditions of the parks’ cultural and natural resources.