The Hornets' Nest

The Hornets' Nest (HMFBI)

Location: Shiloh, TN 38376 Hardin County
Country: United States of America

N 35° 8.286', W 88° 20.405'

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After being driven from their camps by attacking Confederates about 9:00 a.m., more than 4,000 Union soldiers retreated to the woods to your left, and took position along the "Sunken Road," the dirt wagon trace in front of you. Here, on high ground commanding Duncan Field and the adjoining woods, Federal infantry took cover behind oak trees, fence rails, and dense undergrowth.

During the next eight hours, Confederate infantry charged the road and the wooded stronghold they called the "Hornets' Nest" eleven times. Repeatedly they were repulsed by swarms of minie balls.

A 5-minute walk down the Sunken Road leads to an exhibit on the surrender of the Hornets' Nest. The ground you will be walking over is the scene of some of the most desperate and deadly fighting in the Civil War.
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Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 9:55am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 377917 N 3889179
Decimal Degrees35.13810000, -88.34008333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 8.286', W 88° 20.405'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 8' 17.16" N, 88° 20' 24.30" W
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Area Code(s)731
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 780 Sunken Rd, Shiloh TN 38376, US
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