Shiloh National Military Park celebrates its birthday

SHILOH, TN – Park rangers celebrated the establishment of Shiloh Battlefield as a National Military Park on Friday, December 27, 2019.

At the and the Hardin County Visitor and Convention Bureau Park commemorated the 125th anniversary of President Grover Cleveland signing into law, the legislation creating Shiloh National Military Park.

The event began at 2:00 p.m. in the Shiloh Battlefield visitor center auditorium. Visitors were invited to attend a park ranger presentation on the national military park movement in the 1890s, and the operation of Shiloh until the National Park Service took over in 1936. Following the program, at 2:30 p.m, the Hardin County Visitor and Convention Bureau presented a cake to the park for visitors to enjoy. This event was free and open to the public.

Shiloh National Military Park was established on December 27, 1894, but for years after the battle only the Shiloh National Cemetery stood as a reminder of the epic two-day engagement.

That was until veterans of the Battle of Shiloh, both North and South, reunited to establish a lasting memorial to their role in history.

Shiloh was one of the first five Civil War battlefields preserved as national military parks, along with Chickamauga, Antietam, Gettysburg, and Vicksburg.

The Shiloh National Military Park visitor center is open from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. The park’s bookstore is open from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm during the winter season.

For more information contact the park visitor center at 731 689-5696, go to the park website at www.nps.gov/shil, or find us on Facebook.