It was a bright and sunny Sunday morning. This was our morning view from the dock.
The Grand Harbor Marina has a courtesy car that we drove to the Shiloh National Military Park. The National Park Service made the battle come alive.
The tour is 13 miles long. As you drive along, there are over 20 stops. At each stop, there are tablets. When stand at the tablet, you have the view of the one of the soldiers during the battle. If the marker is rimmed in red, it is the Confederate Army of the Mississippi; rimmed in blue is the Federal Army of the Tennessee; rimmed in yellow is the Federal Army of the Ohio. The shape of the tablet lets you know which day of the battle it was, either April 6th or 7th. The Union forces had set up headquarters at Shiloh Church.
The Confederate Army on the first day had circles and captured 2100 Union soldiers on the first day. The reinforcements for the Union Army arrived by boat on the Tennessee River to give a much needed assist that allowed the Union to claim victory the next day. This statue commemorates that death was the winner of the laurel wreath.
This line of artillery demonstrates how close the soldiers were to each other.
As I was walking to one of the monuments, I saw this feather on the ground.
It was a somber visit but I am so glad we took the tour. For lunch, we went to the Hagy Catfish Hotel. It is right on the Tennessee River, a portion that we passed yesterday. This was a busy down home restaurant with excellent catfish.
We headed back to the marina. It was 94 degrees!! That is just too hot. A boat came in late in the day. It was the Good Fortune from Pensacola FL. The little cannons on the side shoot water.
A new boat arrived with a looper flag on it. We helped to catch their lines. They bought their boat in FL and are taking it home to Huntsville, AL. They will do the loop next year. John and I brought our boat to Wilmington last year and then started the loop this year. I am happy for their plan.