Battle of Shiloh
Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee
April 6-7, 1862

Confederate Burial Trench #3

At National Park Service Tour Stop 5

Just NW of Woolf Field and (modern) Sherman Road, facing WNW

(Mortuary Monument 23, Trailhead Graphics, Inc. Map)


TO THE CONFEDERATE DEAD

IN THE TRENCHES

Erected By The U. D. C.

A. D. 1917


FROM: National Park Service signage at Shiloh Tour Stop 5, June 2000.

Statistics alone do not reveal the magnitude of human suffering and loss at Shiloh. In the battle's aftermath, the piteous cries of the wounded and dying filled these woods. Everywhere the ground was strewn with bodies. The grotesque appearance of many of the corpses shocked eyewitnesses.

Because of the warm weather, General Grant ordered the Federal troops to bury the dead immediately. Many were buried in large trences, Union and Confederate separately. In the mass grave in front of you the bodies of more than 700 Confederate soldiers were stacked in layers seven deep.

Casualties at Shiloh were heavy, the worst of the war up to that time.
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UNION ARMY
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Present for Duty
Killed
Wounded
Missing
Total Casualties
-----------
66,812
1,754
8,408
2,885
13,047
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CONFEDERATE ARMY
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Present for Duty
Killed
Wounded
Missing
Total Casualties
-----------
44,699
1,728
8,012
959
10,699
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COMBINED TOTALS
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Present for Duty
Killed
Wounded
Missing
Total Casualties
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111,511
3,482
16,420
3,844
23,746



(Photograph by John C. Sanders, June 17, 2000)




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