After the rendezvous, we retraced our steps back down stream to Pickwick Lake. We anchored in Panther Creek on the way back for one night. While staying at Grand Harbor Marina, we visited Shiloh National Military Park, Museum, Cemetery and Battlefield–the site of a major Civil War battle. Oh, and they also have a bookstore on site (SCORE for Teresa!) The bookstore clerk appeared to be rather dry at first. But then he started conversing and turned out to be quite the hoot. He shared the book he was currently reading: “Mark Twain” which included 4 of his writings, “Life on the Mississippi” and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” If you are ever in the area, you should take the time to visit Shiloh. It was very interesting and humbling to see the grave sites of so many brave soldiers.
One of the poems on a bronze plaque in the cemetery read:
“The muffled drum’s sad roll has beat
The soldier’s last tattoo.
No more on life’s parade shall meet
That brave and fallen few.”
Near Shiloh is Hagy’s Catfish Hotel where we ate lunch: excellent catfish dinners, hush puppies, amazing coleslaw, and lemon pie. From the back of Hagy’s Catfish Hotel, you can see the Tennessee River which is the route Sanctuary just passed through a couple weeks ago.
Scenes from Shiloh National Military Park
A large group of water birds takes off as we approach
Tomorrow we plan to continue south on the Tenn-Tom Waterway, and hopefully reach Columbus MS.