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High Winds Cut Swath Of Damage Through Park

Shiloh National Military Park

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High winds produced by a thunderstorm passing through the area hammered the northern end of the park on the evening of July 30th. Scores of large trees were toppled in and around historic Chambers field, a half mile west of the battlefield visitor center, temporarily blocking the main park entrance road. The swath of destruction, nearly 300 yards wide, extended northward, slicing through the surrounding forest and into the small residential community located on Hagy Lane, which borders Shiloh’s northern boundary. Damage extended for nearly a mile. The park lost electrical service as utility lines located in the Hagy community were toppled by falling trees, but work crews managed to restore service before sunrise the following morning. A number of private residences in Hagy suffered minor damage, but luckily no injuries were reported by park neighbors or park employees residing in nearby government residences north of Pittsburg Landing. Although some near misses occurred, none of the nearly 1,000 commemorative monuments, markers, cannon, and historic structures protected in the 114-year-old park were harmed.  



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