National Geographic Names Two Tennessee National Military Parks Top U.S. Civil War Sites

Apr 23, 2012

National Geographic released its top ten best U.S. Civil War sites, naming Shiloh National Military park No. 3 followed by Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park at No. 9.

Shiloh National Military Park recently commemorated the 150th anniversary of the bloody battle. Established in 1894 to preserve the scene of the first major battle in the Western Theater of the Civil War, Shiloh is considered one of the best preserved battlefields in the nation. Besides preserving the site of the bloody April 1862 battle in Tennessee, the park commemorates the subsequent siege, battle, and occupation of the key railroad junction at nearby Corinth, Mississippi.

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park commemorates the soldiers who fought in the 1863 Civil War battles. The battlefields of Orchard Knob, Lookout Mountain and portions of Missionary Ridge are all components of the National Park. The park includes three historic homes. Brotherton House marks the spot where the Union line was broken, Snodgrass House served as a Union field hospital, and Cravens House served as a Confederate field hospital.

The Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission will host the 2013 Civil War Signature Event commemorating the 150th of the Battle of Chickamauga and Chattanooga October 10-12, 2013.

Tennessee is the only entire state designated by the U.S. Congress as a Civil War National Heritage area. Tennessee's Sesquicentennial Signature Events will take place through 2015.

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