Category Archives: Shiloh

April 2, 1863: Does the south want to reopen the slave trade?

The Confederate constitution required abolition of the slave trade, but it appears that they’re dragging their feet. Surprisingly, secretary of state Judah Benjamin refuses to entertain abolition by treaty, which will surely hurt the prospects for recognition of the Confederacy … Continue reading

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June 1, 1862: Halleck repairs the rails

View Larger Map Having taken Corinth, an important rail junction, Halleck needed to repair the railroads destroyed by the fleeing Confederates and proceed up the Tennessee River to Decatur, Alabama. Muscle Shoals lay between Corinth and Decatur as an obstacle … Continue reading

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May 30, 1862: Halleck takes Corinth.

Halleck took Corinth, MS, on May 30 — almost two months after Grant drove Beauregard from the field at Shiloh, 20 miles north. Reportedly, Beauregard left a small guard in the town to cheer each arriving train as if it … Continue reading

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May 11, 1862: English reactions to Shiloh

The New York Times ran a lengthy piece from their Manchester correspondent. In a time before the transatlantic telegraph, news still traveled to and from England by ship, so the correspondent wrote on April 26 a piece that ran in … Continue reading

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May 2, 1862: Lew Wallace takes Purdy, TN

Lew Wallace The Confederates from Corinth were threatening Purdy, a town northwest of Shiloh; Grant ordered Lew Wallace to send out cavalry, who wound up taking the town easily. From the Official Record: HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, In Field, … Continue reading

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April 28, 1862: Organization of the Union armies at Shiloh

One thing you can say for Halleck, he was organized. Here he gives orders organizing the army corps at Shiloh for the southward movement, taking into account everything from ammunition to wagons to proper food preparation. From the Official Record: … Continue reading

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April 26, 1862: The Dispatch reports Breckinridge’s casualties

John C. Breckinridge The Richmond Daily Dispatch reported casualties in Breckinridge’s “Orphan Brigade,” so called because it was composed of Kentuckians whose state had stayed in the Union, and was under the command of John Cabell Breckinridge, former Vice President … Continue reading

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April 24, 1862: An incident at Shiloh, from the Richmond Daily Dispatch

Fame inscribes the deeds of soldiers at Shiloh (Iowa monument designed by Frederick Triebel) The battle at Pittsburg Landing resulted in more American casualties (over 23,000) than all previous wars combined. Such a harrowing experience by so many people naturally … Continue reading

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April 22, 1862: Cautiously advancing on Corinth

Henry Halleck Halleck took over general command after Shiloh, and he was determined not to repeat Grant’s error of being insufficiently cautious. He would take months to advance the 20 miles to Corinth, Mississippi. PITTSBURG LANDING, April 22, 1862. Major … Continue reading

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April 21, 1862: Getting the ammunition straightened out

One of the many difficulties encountered by both sides at the battle of Shiloh was the lack of standardization of small arms. Many units had men armed with such a variety of rifles and muskets that it was nearly impossible … Continue reading

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