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Near Shiloh in Hardin County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Bloody Pond
 
Bloody Pond Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
1. Bloody Pond Marker
 
Inscription. The Battle of Shiloh was, at its time, the bloodiest conflict this nation had seen. The beautiful spring woods, fields, and orchards were transformed over two days into scenes of death and destruction which eyewitnesses described as horrible, desolate, and heart-rendering.

This shallow pond attracted the weary and wounded soldiers of both armies who were engaged in heavy fighting nearby. Some crawled here for their last drink. Observers after the battle reported that the pond was littered with dead soldiers and horses. Blood had turned the water a murky red.

The Debris of Battle
American short-story writer Ambrose Bierce was only 20 when he fought here with the Union Army of the Ohio. Bierce recorded his impressions of the aftermath:

Knapsacks, canteens, haversacks distended with soaken and swollen biscuits, gaping to disgorge, blankets beaten into the soil by the rain, rifles with bent barrels or splintered stocks, waist-belts, hats and the omnipresent sardine-box -- all the wretched debris of the battle still littered the spongy earth as far as one could see, in every direction. Dead horses were every-where; a few disabled caissons, or limbers, reclining on one elbow, as it were; ammunition wagons standing disconsolate behind four or six sprawling mules. Men? There were men enough; all dead.
 
Location.
 
Bloody Pond Stop Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
2. Bloody Pond Stop
 
35° 8.008′ N, 88° 19.898′ W. Marker is near Shiloh, Tennessee, in Hardin County. Marker is on Hamburg-Savannah Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Located at stop 14, the bloody pond, of the driving tour of Shiloh National Military Park. Marker is in this post office area: Shiloh TN 38376, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Terrill's Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Willard's Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Batteries H and M, 4th U.S. Artillery / Battery H, 5th U.S. Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Bruce's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 16th Wisconsin Infantry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bowen's Brigade (about 300 feet away); 12th Illinois Infantry (about 300 feet away); 28th Illinois Infantry (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Shiloh.
 
More about this marker. In the center is a depiction of the wounded and dead soldiers at the Bloody Pond. Union and Confederate soldiers alike drank and bathed their wounds at Bloody Pond. The long marches, the smoke, and the taste of gunpowder had heightened their thirst. On the right is a drawing showing Near here Union soldiers burned the carcasses of horses killed in the battle.
 
The Bloody Pond Today Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
3. The Bloody Pond Today
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on August 1, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 986 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 1, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
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