Dear SCV Camp 1708,

We are coming to the closing days to 2012, the year of the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Shiloh and the Battle of Corinth. This year has been full of special events, commemorations, speeches, roundtable discussions and the release of our new film, “Shiloh, Fiery Trial.” It has been a wonderful and exciting year for all of us who care for these special places. We conducted our Grand Illumination events at Shiloh (24,000 candles) and Corinth (8,000 candles) this year. It was a tremendous amount of work that taxed the staff and the many volunteers who helped us put it all together.

Ah, but to be there at sunset and see the candles glowing for the many souls who were lost in the struggle. It is thrilling and profoundly moving. When the candles are lit and darkness comes on, everyone begins to talk in whispers. Some visitors cry, some sit on a hillside and quietly reflect, others walk among the flickering lights.

This year the staff put together a compact disc for visitors to buy. It was titled, “Voices of Corinth” and was based on diaries and official reports from soldiers and citizens alike. Using their own voices, our park rangers recorded the written recollections of struggle, battle, and the daily life of Corinth, Mississippi in 1862. It was developed to be a companion recording for those who visited Corinth during the grand illumination.

In these days of shrinking budgets for national parks, we sometimes receive donations from groups such as yours and we appreciate them. We can keep the lights on and the doors open for a while yet. But the extras, such as special events, they get more difficult to put on without additional support. Please thank your members for remembering us, we appreciate it.

I have attached some images from our Grand Illumination so you can see what I mean about the extras.


John Bundy
Shiloh National Military Park
Tennessee and Mississippi

Donation Address:

National Park Service

Shiloh National Military Park

1055 Pittsburg Landing Road

Shiloh, TN 38376