good topic, The Bloody pond is, like the rest of Shiloh, somewhat a mystery. Bloody pond holds the high ground, if you were to call in your agriculture agent and say I want to put a pond there, they would laugh their heads off because there is not enough runoff there to support a pond.Yet there it is after several hundred years, water level remaining the same only changing in the driest, hottest months. there is no visible means of water, no inlets running in, no outlets going out. Therein lies the secret to it's longevity, it doesn't fill up with silt because no silt runs in. It has only been cleaned out once that I know of and then only because the large oaks that were on the edge of the pond had dropped limbs into the water. and one even fell into the pond. Bloody pond sits on the east end of the Lick Creek, Owl Creek and Tennessee watershed. Water immediately east of the pond drains into the Tennessee River, water immediately west drains into Owl Creek, Water immediately south drains into Lick Creek. If you take a map of the Shiloh area and draw a line beginning at Bloody pond running south west toward Barnes field to the Eastern Corinth Road, then running due south with this road to the bark road and following the Bark Road to the Corinth Road then south to the county line at which point it turns west again. All water to the north and west of this line runs into Owl Creek, All water south and East of this line runs into Lick Creek. If you continue your line North from Bloody pond to the Michigan monument, then north by northeast to the main entry road, then due East to the cemetery you have Shiloh Ridge. Actual drainage area into Bloody Pond is less than half an acre, so the pond is not dependent on rainwater run off and is pretty much a rarity as far as ponds go. My belief is that it was some type of animal wallow. And of course the soil or mud was taken away on the animals coats. I can just see a large herd of buffalo all covered with mud grazing in the meadow which would one day become the infamous Peach Orchard. anyway that's my two cents worth.