Shiloh National Military Park
Junior Ranger – Senior Friendly
Completed: July 12, 2013
Shiloh is one of the National Battlefields that has been set aside to preserve a site significant to the Civil War. At the visitor center the details of the battle that occurred here in April 1862 are provided. A tour of the battlefield is done by car or by bike with many stops along the way, mainly at monuments commemorating events around the battle. In mid-July it was pretty, with trees in full leaf.
This program is considered Senior-Friendly based on the information in the booklet, “recommended for children ages 7-15, but all are welcome to participate”. The staff readily gave me a booklet to complete.
All participants are to complete at least eight activities; four from the front half of the book and four from the last half. The activities I completed were; Who’s Who at Shiloh: The Army Commanders, Famous Veterans at Shiloh, Unscramble the Army, Infantry:The Backbone of the Army, Honor and Commemoration, Battlefield Tour, Cemetery Exercise and Write A Letter Home.
About half of the activities could be completed by looking at the exhibits in the visitor center, with the other half based on touring the battlefield and cemetery. It was a beautiful day to be outside, I enjoyed tracking down the information needed. Once I completed the required number of activities the booklet was reviewed by a ranger. I was awarded the standard badge and certificate.
Booklet & badge
At the top of the page a patch titled, “Junior Civil War Historian”. The link below details how you can earn this patch. I earned it by completing the Junior Ranger program at three participating parks; Fort Donelson NB, Corinth Interpretive Center and Shiloh NB.