5 facts about the battle of shiloh
Shiloh, 1862 by Winston Grooman extremely well written account of what was the bloodiest battle in American history, up to that point. More Americans died in that battle than in all of Americas previous wars combined, and more than had died in the Civil War up to that point. Unfortunately, Antietam eventually took that honor, which it retains to this day.
The book is intended for a general audience, rather than for dyed in the wool Civil War buffs. So, theres a great deal of effort into providing context to the battle and a very nice job introducing the main actors, along with a bevy of folks who were just there including some quite famous later on like Ambrose Bierce, Henry Stanley and Lew Wallace. However, theres plenty for Civil War buffs to sink their teeth into as well, and its just a great read, regardless of your background. As noted, this wasnt Grants shining hour as he didnt really expect fierce Southern resistance and absolutely failed to prepare for it. Neither did Sherman for that matter who steadfastly refused to accept repeated incoming reports of heavy Southern forces converging on Shiloh. But there was no shortage of poor preparation for the attack and very poor planning for the attack itself by the Southern commander Albert Sidney Johnston, largely regarded in the South as their single greatest commander up to his death in this battle. However, Grant refused to panic and gave all his attention to a massive counterattack on the second day, which was entirely unanticipated and knocked the Southern forces off the field. The battle also introduced Grant and Sherman and forged one of the greatest military relationships in history.
The battle scenes are extremely powerful and well done and retain the ability to affect the reader viscerally. The after battle scenes are also both moving and informative and help the more informal reader form an understanding of the importance of the battle towards the outcome of the war. Plus,theres a very nice summary of what happened to the various participants after the battle and the war and a particularly nice part on the creation of the national battlefield park late in the century. all in all, highly recommended.
Chapter 14: General Sherman's Graphic Description of the Battle of Shiloh
Battle of Shiloh Facts
Union: Ulysses S. During the afternoon, Johnston was wounded in the leg and bled to death. He was replaced by Gen. As darkness fell, Beauregard called a halt to the fighting and pulled his weary soldiers back from the landing, where they were being shelled by two gunboats, USS Lexington and USS Tyler. Lewis "Lew" Wallace, the future author of Ben Hur , finally arrived on the field.
Battle Of Shiloh Casualties
On the morning of April 6, , 40, Confederate soldiers under the command of Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston poured out of the nearby woods and struck the encamped divisions of Union soldiers occupying ground near Pittsburg Landing on the Tennessee River. The overpowering Confederate attack drove the unprepared Federal soldiers from their camps and threatened to overwhelm Maj. Ulysses S. Pierre G. Fighting continued until after dark, but the Union line held.