On Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, Shiloh National Military Park will commemorate the 119th anniversary of its establishment as a Civil War military park. The program will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the visitor center auditorium with a PowerPoint presentation about the establishment of the park. Following the 30 minute program, the Hardin County Convention & Visitors Bureau will present a cake to the park for visitors to enjoy. This event is free and open to the public.
Shiloh was established on Dec. 27, 1894, during a wave of nationalism and preservation in the United States. By the 1890s, many Americans had grown tired of the sectionalism which tore the country apart in the 1850s and 60s and the Reconstruction period that followed the war. In addition, many civilians and veterans wanted to pay tribute to the bravery of Civil War soldiers, both North and South alike. Shiloh was one of the first five military parks created, along with Chickamauga, Vicksburg, Antietam, and Gettysburg. Since its founding, not only has Shiloh Battlefield preserved the ground of the first major fight of the Civil War, it has also had far reaching effects on the local economy, providing numerous jobs as a mainstay of Hardin County tourism.
The Shiloh National Military Park visitor center is open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. The park’s bookstore is open from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in 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.