Shiloh Indian Mounds
About 800 years ago, a town occupied the high Tennessee River bluff at the eastern edge of the Shiloh plateau. Between two steep ravines, a wooden palisade enclosed seven earthen mounds and dozens of houses. Six mounds, rectangular in shape with flat tops, probably served as platforms for the town’s important buildings. These structures may have included a council house, religious buildings, and residences of the town’s leaders. The southernmost mound is an oval, round-topped mounds in which the town’s leaders or other important people were buried.
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Did You Know?
The Confederate army commander, General Albert Sidney Johnston, was killed at Shiloh on April 6, 1862. In all of American history, he is the highest-ranking American military officer ever to be killed in action.