Hiking Shiloh Battlefield

Members of McComb’s Boy Scouts of America Troop #124 recently spent their Spring Break on a camping and hiking adventure at Shiloh Battlefield Park in southern Tennessee.

The first day, the boys completed a 14-mile hike. They began at Fraley Field where the first shots were fired, past the infamous Hornet’s Nest and Bloody Pond, skirting the Indian mounds, then down to Pittsburgh Landing, before coming back up past the National Cemetery. The hikers continued past the Confederate burial trenches and the famous Shiloh Church that gave the battle its name that ironically means, “Place of Peace.”

On the Second day, the Scouts trekked 20 miles from the Mississippi State Line at Corinth along the Confederate approach to the battlefield.

The third day was a repeat of the path from the first day, but this time the Scouts examined specific artillery pieces on display at the Battlefield.

It is always a good idea to plan one rest day in five when hiking, and the weather obliged the hikers with some torrential rain on the fourth day. The Scouts packed up and spent the day at the fabulous Civil War Interpretive Center in Corinth, MS.  This museum day was just what the Scouts needed to be refreshed and perky for a 12-mile environment and conservation themed Hike on their final day.

In all, the Scouts hiked more than 50 total miles, qualifying them for the Hiking Merit Badge and  three Historical Trails awards from the Shiloh Military Trails organization. This accomplishment also brings them very close to completing the BSA’s 50-Miles Afoot/Afloat and Historical Trails Awards, and the National Outdoor Award for Hiking.

Best of all, the Scouts had a ton of fun and learned a great deal about their personal limits, setting up and maintaining camp in wet weather, and especially about the Battle of Shiloh and important people and events from the past.

Article originally published in the Enterprise-Journal

Photo by Elise D. Parker