Nature & Science
Established in 1894, Shiloh National Military Park encompasses nearly 4,200 acres of land in southwestern Tennessee and contains a detached 21-acre urban unit located in the nearby community of Corinth in northeast Mississippi. The rural Shiloh battlefield is situated on a plateau in the shape of an irregular triangle with sides between three and four miles in length. The present land area is bounded on the east by the Tennessee River flowing north at this point, on the south by Lick Creek and its tributaries, and the north and west by Snake Creek and its branch, Owl Creek. The battlefield is undulating tableland ranging in elevation from 360 to 580 feet above sea level. Several small tributaries drain from the plateau into adjoining bottomlands to the north, west and south, while branches on the eastern half of the field empty directly into the Tennessee River.
Did You Know?
The Confederate army captured more than 2,200 Federal defenders of the Hornet's Nest at Shiloh. The prisoners spent six months in various Confederate prison camps before being exchanged for Confederate prisoners in the fall of 1862.