Welcome to my travelogue pages. To see the entire list of my trips, go here. This was my third trip to Shiloh and Corinth. The Chambersburg guys usually concentrate on the battles of the Eastern Theater, so I was intrigued to see how well they would do in their first trip to the west.
The program started at 6 p. Tim Smith, who will be our guide for the next two days at Shiloh, gave a presentation about the terrain factor at Shiloh, called Difficult and Broken Ground. The result is an effective area for offense like an hourglass, with two wide areas and a narrow place in the center that is high ground with limited assistance to the defender.
He broke the fighting on the first day into three phases as the hourglass was traversed, and then the second day was the three phases in reverse. It made a complex battle a lot more understandable. I had met Tim before on my previous trip to Shilohwith the Civil War Education Association inso some of the following two days were a repeat performance, but Into Battle - Various - Travelogues 5 must say that this time was quite superior to the previous—lots of time to cover the two days, and better time management to boot.
Tim also confided in me that being the sole historian on a tour is much easier and more efficient than sharing the spotlight with colleagues.
Today we saw the modern Everyday - Incognito - 100° And Rising and on a subsequent trip we saw the version, which was light years worse. It is hard to imagine professional historians being associated with that older version. We started with a brief dip into the Visitor Center. Our first substantive stop was the National Cemetery, where 4, Union and later US Army veterans are buried; only two Confederates are included, while the rest of them are buried in a number of mass grave trenches on the battlefield.
We walked down to Pittsburg Landing to discuss the Union landings and the site selection process. In the spring ofit was the only feasible place to land ships. The river was high at the time, and in fact it had risen 15 feet in a single day just before the battle. We drove to Fraley Field for the start of the battle. I had not realized that Peabody's small patrol had skirmished with the Confederates for over an hour and that the Rebels were delayed about three hours from their surprise dawn arrival.
This gave the rest of the Union soldiers in the rear plenty of time to get into battle lines. Stories about soldiers attacked sleeping in their tents are not credible. We crossed Shiloh Branch on the western side of the battlefield. One of my current clients, Dan Masters, is doing a book on a 72nd letter writer, so I knew he'd appreciate the gesture.
Next was Rea Field and the camp of the 53rd Ohio, where Sherman was shot in the hand and was finally convinced he was under attack.
There is also a new Mississippi state monument. We then adjourned to the picnic area and had a delicious box lunch from a deli called Sweet Peppers.
While there, a park ranger gave us a speech about the life of Albert Sidney Johnston. We drove over the Owl Creek Bridge just to see what it looked like. Tim told a funny story about conducting a staff ride for officers of the st Airborne and they insisted on parachuting to the battlefield, so Tim selected a sod farm right near that bridge as their landing zone. Next was Spain Field, where Prentiss's division was hit hard. They were in the central high ground of the hourglass, not shielded behind creeks as their compatriots in the front line Into Battle - Various - Travelogues 5so they got hammered and fell back.
It was here that Albert Sidney Johnston thought he was driving the Union left flank and therefore started pivoting his army toward the northwest; unbeknownst to him, he was really in the center of the line, so he was not accomplishing his objective of driving the Army of the Tennessee Dance With You (Bombs Away Mix) - Various - CD Club Promo Only January 2012 Part 4 from Pittsburg Landing and into Owl Creek.
We completed our look at Phase I by driving on the Bark Road and crossing Locust Grove Branch to see how Stuart's detached brigade defended the actual Union left; Johnston had to redirect two of his brigades back east to attempt to correct his earlier mistake.
Here we looked at the heavy fighting against Sherman's and McClernand's divisions, and their counterattacks across Jones Field. Then we skipped back east to the Peach Orchard area for a look at Johnston's death.
Tim is familiar with the late Wiley Sword's alternative theory about the location, but he still puts more stock into Tennessee Gov. Harris's account. We discussed the Peach Orchard fighting, saw Manse George's Into Battle - Various - Travelogues 5 the only structure to survive, although not in the same locationand then went over to Bloody Pond.
Tim is skeptical about the stories that made it popular long Into Battle - Various - Travelogues 5 the battle. Our final stop for Phase II was back to the center.
We walked the line of the Hornets' Nest and Tim dispelled a number of myths about it. He thinks its supreme importance to the battle is overblown. Wallace's division, Prentiss gets the limelight because the former was mortally wounded and the latter was a publicity hound. The fighting on the western and eastern ends of the battle was just as fierce and important and the Nest casualties were lower than commonly believed. If these divisions had withdrawn along with their colleagues to the left and right, the Confederates would still have not been able to pierce Grant's final line; the added time they delayed the Rebels was not that valuable.
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Reed, had been in the 12th Iowa in the Nest, so he obviously pumped up his own experiences. Phase III was a few unsuccessful attacks against Grant's strong final line and we spent little time on them. Some of the brave folks in our group took a hike down through Dill Branch Ravine, but I knew how steep it was and rode the bus instead.
I was more concerned about the steep and possibly slippery downslope than I was about the arduous climb back up. Today was a treat because we spent all Mein Bester Freund - Willi Seitz Und Seine Freunde - Mein Bester Freund on the second day Black Celebration - Depeche Mode - One Night In Paris (DVD) battle, which is usually relegated to an afterthought of just a few minutes.
The basic understanding we took away is that the Confederates put up a stiff fight with lots of sustained counterattacks, and did not simply fade away under immense pressure, the popular wisdom. We started in Perry Field, where Lew Wallace's division attacked across Tilghman Branch and made good progress with clever maneuvers rather than raw force.
Back over to the east for Buell's first movements across Dill Branch. At Cloud Field we were delighted to see the bald eagle family nesting up in a tall pine tree. We saw both adults and one of them flew majestically, probably to catch food in the Tennessee River.
The babies are supposedly of flying age, but we didn't see them in the giant nest. At Wicker Field we discussed Nelson's division attack against Chalmers's brigade. In Sarah Bell's cotton field we saw Hardee's division getting attacked. This was the strongest part of the Confederate line and the entire line pivoted counterclockwise around it through the morning. Next was the Daniel Davis Wheat Field, where there was a "vortex" in the place the line bent slightly away from the Hamburg-Purdue Road.
Hazen's Brigade fought here. After another picnic lunch, we went back west to the area defended by Breckinridge's small corps. The line was essentially the same as Ruggles's Battery from the first day, No.
25 Coro: Greift Zu, Schlagt Tot - Georg Philipp Telemann - Brockes Passion we walked it and discussed both actions. In Jones's Field, we saw where Wallace's division turned the CS left Into Battle - Various - Travelogues 5 , unraveling their line, leading Into Battle - Various - Travelogues 5 Beauregard's decision to withdraw that afternoon. We examined one of the five major Confederate burial trenches, which claimed to hold remains, but Tim once again was skeptical of the claim.
On our way home, we cruised by the final action, the cavalry delaying action at Fallen Timbers, but there was no place to stop. Not much to say here except that the famous story about Nathan Bedford Forrest getting shot in the hip and then picking up a Union soldier to use as a shield was likely BS.
Dinner was on our own tonight and a few of us went to the Rib Shack, which was underwhelming, although the company was great. We drove directly north of town, Bo Hansson - Lord Of The Rings (Extended · Remixed Version) Hallelujah Hill, to see some modest Union earthworks in the woods.
These were from Davies's line on May 29, during the Siege of Corinth. I was surprised to hear that most of the Confederate earthworks from are gone. Tom described the siege, arguing that logistical constraints were a major reason for Halleck's slow pace.
We drove to Iuka and found Into Battle - Various - Travelogues 5 the battlefield is occupied by a large highway, an abandoned motel, a gas station, a Jack in the Box, and a McDonald's. It's not very difficult to interpret the action, though, because you can see the general shape of the terrain. Then we drove to Shady Grove Cemetery to see a burial trench that the UDC says contains remains from the Iuka battle, but they are actually from the October battle in Corinth.
It turns out that this cemetery is right on Price's retreat route, the Fulton Road, but I had to convince Tom of that and he eventually agreed. Back in Corinth, we visited Battery F on the Halleck line.
It is in a wooded knoll in the middle of a residential area and it is amusing to see that they had to put up a small wooden fence to keep a local teenager from riding his dirt bike on top of the modest earthworks. Tom describe the fighting on October 3, including Moore's attack against the Union camps and through a gap in the old Confederate earthwork line, plus McArthur's counterattack, and the failed attempt to get Hamilton to launch a flanking attack.
We had lunch at the Pizza Grocery restaurant, which I had visited on a previous tour, and it is still good. There was a buffet with a number of pizzas, salad, and pasta. They even had a dessert pizza. Then we drove back to the visitor center and walked over to Battery Robinett. Tom gave us a 45 minute overview of the October 4 battle, principally focused on the attacks against that battery.
A few raindrops started to fall, so we hurried back to the VC and Tom gave us a very rapid explanation of the symbolism for the elaborate historical fountain in the back.
There are a lot more symbolic elements to this artwork than I had noticed on previous visits. We stopped first on Metamora Ridge, and then drove to the entrance of the protected battle area.
It was about a quarter-mile easy hike to the bridge site, approaching from the western side. There really wasn't much to see other than the Hatchie River and a whole squadron of mosquitoes. I am writing this on Tuesday morning and I Into Battle - Various - Travelogues 5 now found a large collection of insect bites well up inside my long pants, which took about 30 hours to manifest themselves.
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Tom Parson was back again today and the subject was Nathan Bedford Forrest in northeastern Mississippi. They wanted to show us a movie, but Tom confided that it is not very interesting, so we demurred. It is a very small battlefield, but beautifully preserved and easy to interpret.
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