Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Field Hospital

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Location: on Federal Road in the Shiloh National Military Park
County: Hardin
Coordinates: N 35° 7.694    W 088° 19.566
  35.12823333    -88.3261
Waymark: None


After the Battle of Shiloh, Federal soldiers buried the dead, and medical officers faced the enormous task of caring for the 16,400 wounded. Many were crowded onto steamboats for transport to Northern cities, while others were taken to nearby homes. Some of the wounded received professional medical treatment here.

On this high ground surrounding the farmhouse of Noah Cantrell, medical officers of the Union Army of the Ohio set up a large field hospital under canvas. Tents, bedding, and supplies were secured from the infantry camps to accommodate some 2,500 sick and wounded.

Ordinarily, regiments took care of their own wounded. Here was the first consolidated tent hospital - a forerunner of modern military field hospitals.


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