The afternoons were for drilling and some free time if possible. Their camp in Cloud Field was bounded by Brown's Ferry Rd., winding from Pittsburg Landing to Hamburg-Savannah Rd. While drilling, the 17th & 25th Kentucky Infantries would have formed on the ferry road. For longer marches they would undoubtedly proceed westward to the intersection and, on "Column Left", head south along the main road.
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The troops were also allowed some free time for swimming and exploring the countryside. Immediately to the east of their camp were seven curious earthen works that puzzled the men from Kentucky. They were obviously man-made, but for what purpose? The debate invariably led to the conclusion that these mounds must have been the defenses for an ancient village, but who could have built them? Certainly, none of the Indian tribes with which they were familiar.
Editor's Note: Today, the Orientation Center for the Shiloh Indian Mounds National Historic Landmark sits just a few yards east of the 17th's campsite. I recommend touring the park in person or by visiting http://www.nps.gov/shil/mounds.htm .