New Monument to be dedicated at Shiloh

Although the veterans who fought the civil war battles are long dead, monuments are still being erected to remember and honor those who fought on the bloody battlefields. This fall the state of Mississippi will erect a state monument on the Shiloh battlefield. There are only a few monuments on the battlefield honoring confederate troops. During the creation of the park states funded and erected the memorials. With the battle being considered a southern loss and the site so difficult to reach, few southern states erected monuments.

Now 153 years later, the State of Mississippi will dedicate a monument honoring the men from the state on October 10, 2015 at Shiloh National Military Park.

In the early 1900s, Park historian DeLong Rice contacted the state regarding a monument on the battlefield. The governor responded that there was simply no funds for such an thing. Efforts to honor the Mississippi soldiers began again in the early 1970s, but went no where. In the early 1990s, a monument commission worked to erect three monuments honoring Mississippians- a Mississippi Memorial, Medal of Honor recipients and one at Shiloh National Park.

In 2010, the Shiloh advisory group meet with sculptor Kim Sessoms about designing a monument for the battlefield.

Sessoms designed a monument that will feature a eight-foot three person color guard holding a Hardee style battle flag. Georgia granite panels will make up the base. The base of the new monument has already been put in place in Rhea field, where the 6th Mississippi Regiment took heavy casualties. If you are at Shiloh in the new few months stop at Rhea Field and witness history in the making. If your in the area the 2nd Saturday of October be sure to witness the dedication of a new monument. It is rare for monuments to be dedicated on the great Civil War battlefields today.

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