Shiloh National Cemetery
Established in 1866, the
cemetery protects the graves
of more than 3,500 Union
Shiloh National Cemetery - Shiloh, Tennessee - Shiloh National Cemetery, Tennessee - Shiloh National Cemetery, Tennessee
Shiloh National Cemetery
The cemetery contains the remains of Union soldiers
collected following the war from Shiloh, Fort Henry
and numerous other battlefields.
Resting Place of Union Dead
Shiloh National Cemetery, a stop on the
driving tour of the Shiloh battlefield, was
established in 1866 by the War Department
as a permanent resting place for Union war

The cemetery contains 3,584 graves which
contain the remains of men collected from
Shiloh as well as 564 other locations along
the Tennessee River. The original burial
sites stretched from Fort Henry near the
Kentucky line to Muscle Shoals in Alabama.
Sadly, 2,359 of the individuals buried there
are unknowns.
Please click here to access a
directory of the known graves.

Immediately following the Battle of Shiloh, the
men of both sides who had been killed were
buried in trenches on the battlefield itself.

The Union dead were exhumed following the
war and reburied at the national cemetery.
The Confederates, who were not then
considered American servicemen by the
Federal government, were left in their original
burial trenches on the battlefield. They
remain there to this day.
Please click here to
learn more about the five Confederate burial
trenches at Shiloh.

The Shiloh National Cemetery was
maintained by the War Department from
1866 until 1933, when responsibility for the
historic burial ground was transferred to the
National Park Service. It is now beautifully
maintained and, along with the Confederate
burial trenches, is a moving part of any visit to
the battlefield.

The sheer number of men killed in the Battle
of Shiloh stunned both North and South.
More than 3,400 Union and Confederate
soldiers were killed outright in the battle,
while many of the more than 16,400
wounded would die in the days, weeks and
months that followed. Even after nearly one
full year of war, the battling nations had not
conceived the possibility that so many men
and boys could die in a single battle.

The Shiloh National Cemetery is open daily
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Confederate burial
trenches can be visited during normal park
hours (dawn to dusk daily, except for
Christmas Day). There is a $5 per family
vehicle or $3 per individual fee to visit the
battlefield and burial sites.

Shiloh National Cemetery is located at
Pittsburg Landing, adjacent to the visitor
center for the national military park. The
Confederate burial trenches are located at
various locations on the battlefield.
click here for a moden map of the park for
more specific location information.

To learn more about the Battle of Shiloh and
Shiloh National Military Park, please follow
the links below:
Soldiers of the Valley
The remains buried at Shiloh
were collected from 565
different locations in the
Tennessee Valley.
Burial Trench at Shiloh
Immediately following the
battle, the dead of both sides
were buried in massive
trenches like this one on the
battlefield. The Union dead
were removed to Shiloh
National Cemetery in 1866.
Photography by Justin Hall
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