Hardin County

Reenactors at Shiloh on the 150th anniversary of the battle


Savannah is a peaceful town. Today it is hard to imagine anything ugly or violent taking place there.

But on April 5 and 6, 1862, a field near Savannah became the site of what was, at that point at least, the bloodiest day in American history. After General Albert Johnston’s Confederate Army was finished doing battle with General Ulysses S. Grant’s Union Army, nearly 24,000 Americans were dead, wounded or missing.

A display at the Tennessee River Museum

Just a few miles from the battlefield, you’ll find a small Tennessee River Museum.

If you happen to live near here, or are passing through, make sure you stop by. You’ll learn a lot about fossils, arrowheads, mounds, steamboats, mussels, the Civil War, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the culture of the river.

Being a river town, Savannah is one of many places in Tennessee where people used to cross the river on a ferry. Here, on the right, is a photo of what the ferry across the Tennessee River looked like in Savannah.

Here, on the left, is a photo of where the ferry used to cross. You can see the bridge that replaced the ferry!