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(1961-7) Enlarge The George Manse cabin is the only surviving structure on the battlefield that was there when the battle was fought, although it was originally located on another part of the battlefield. It was moved to this location (the edge of The Peach Orchard) to replace the Manse cabin which was burned during the battle. This photo was taken in 1961.

 

(1966-8) Enlarge Located just north of The Peach Orchard is one of the most famous of the Shiloh landmarks, Bloody Pond. It was said to be the only source of water in the area; so many wounded and dying troops of both sides coming to bathe wounds and to die tinted the water pink. Recent research, however, tend to discount this legend as no contemporary accounts exist to support the pond was bloody, or even that there was a pond on this location at the time of the battle. Be that as it may, there is an old saying, "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."

      

(1961-9) Enlarge Dill Branch (Tour Stop 19 on the Shiloh Battlefield Tour Map available at the Visitor's Center) empties into the Tennessee River at this spot. The 30 pdr Parrott rifles in the photo mark the location of the Federal gunboats Tyler and Lexington that supported Grant's Last Line. The Parrott's are no longer at this location, however; severe erosion of the river on the bluffs caused the guns to be moved to other parts of the battlefield. For several years, this location was only accessible by hiking trail. The erosion was eventually stabilized, and the site put back on the driving tour. The only thing at this location today is a historical marker.

 

(1966-10) Enlarge Pittsburg Landing appears to be unremarkable and hardly worth notice; however, had Grant's army lost it on the evening of April 6, the outcome of the Battle of Shiloh would have been far different than it turned out.

 

 

 

(1966-11) Enlarge General Albert S. Johnston did not live to see the Tennessee River. On the morning of April 6, he has boasted "Tonight we water our horses in the Tennessee." The only horses watered in the Tennessee on the night of April 6 were Federal.

 

(1966-12) Enlarge This is the only attempt at entrenching an artillery position at Shiloh (located at Grant's Last Line near Pittsburg Landing). This was a far cry from the battles fought in 1864-65 when both sides had discovered the advantages of protective cover and entrenched themselves to the eye-balls at every opportunity. The cannon is either a 6 pdr or 12 pdr James ( the only way to tell the difference is to look down the bore. If the bore is smooth, it's a 6 pdr; if the bore is rifled, it's a 12 pdr.)

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