Having lived in the south all of my life, I grew up fascinated by Civil War. As a young boy, my parents took me to almost every Civil War memorial this side of the Mason-Dixon. As a little kid I didn't really appreciate it, but I have grown to like it more and more. One of my favorite memorials is Shiloh in Savannah, Tennessee.
Shiloh was a turning point in western front of the Civil War. It is here that Grant made a name for himself. President Lincoln realized he couldn't spare this man because he fights. The first two days of the battle the Confederates were heavily defeating the North. It wasn't until the third day that the northern reinforcements came to save the north. In the end, the South lost the battle. On a personal note, that fall lead to the burning of my hometown Oxford, MS. Grant marched from Shiloh down to Vicksburg, which was one of the turning points in the war.
I've been to Shiloh several times. In each time I go there, I feel like I can visualize what was going on. I can see and feel all the Southerners who fought and died for the cause they believed in. When you visit Shiloh, I suggest not taking the tour. Drive around and visit all of the sites on your own.
The Shiloh church, which the site is named for, is a small church that stood there during the war. There is the Hornets Nest which sits next to the peach orchard was named such because during the battle there was so much gun fire that the peach blossoms feel off and made it look like a hornets nest. There is a tree there still standing where General Sidney Johnson which was a Confederate General was mortally wounded, the bullet is still lodged in the tree. The bluff in the city is where the Iron Clads bombarded the Pitsburg landing.
If you are from the north or south, Shiloh is one of many battlefields across this country that you can visit and enjoy understanding our American history. Most of these sites are free and I encourage everyone visit at least one in their lifetime to appreciate what our forefathers fought for.
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