Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Grant's Last Line

Marker ID:  
Location: on Pittsburg Landing Road, of the visitor center, along Grant's Last Line, in Shiloh National Military Park
County: Hardin
Coordinates: N 35° 9.029    W 088° 19.567
  35.15048333    -88.32611666
Waymark: None


The first day of fighting had been disastrous for General Grant's Union Army of the Tennessee. At daybreak the Confederates surprised many of the Federals in their tents. Hastily-formed lines of defense broke. Casualties multiplied. More than 2,000 men surrendered. Reinforcements arrived late. At day's end, Grant's army had fallen back to this high ground - his last line.

That evening Union reinforcements arrived, and on the second day fortunes reversed. Grant's desperate "last line" became a strong attack position. The bolstered Union forces pushed the Confederates back to the southwestern end of the battlefield near Shiloh Church.


More information:
NPS: Shiloh National Military Park
CWT: Shiloh
Wikipedia: Battle of Shiloh