April 11, 1862: Confederates still celebrating Shiloh

Isham Harris
Isham Harris

The Richmond Daily Dispatch was still celebrating a victory at Shiloh 4 days after Beauregard’s troops had been driven from the field.

Isham Harris, former governor of Tennessee, had not been mortally wounded. He was present when Johnston received his mortal wound, though. They were both on the field while Breckinridge was trying to rally Tennessee troops to attack the Hornet’s Nest. When Breckinridge told Harris that they wouldn’t charge, Harris took it as an affront to the honor of Tennessee and went to rouse them to action. Harris, Breckinridge, and Johnston all rode into Sarah Bell’s fields encouraging the troops to charge; Harris and Breckinridge were unscathed, but Johnston was fatally wounded by a bullet that nicked the popliteal artery behind his right knee.

The battle of Shiloh.

Our Southern and Western exchanges; received last night, contain but few additional particulars of the great battle at Shiloh.–The correspondent of the Savannah Republican telegraphs on the day of the fight that “the battle field is a wooded, broken country, presenting opportunities for a great variety of manouevres and independent operations by comparatively small bodies of men.”

Among the prisoners taken by the Texan Rangers in Major Crockett, of Ohio.

Another dispatch says that Col. Bate, of Tennessee, was killed. The Atlanta Confederacy apprehends that Governor Harris was in the fight, and received a mortal wound; but hopes the rumor is unfounded.

The church bells of Knoxville, Tenn., were rung on Monday last in honor of the glorious victory at Shiloh.

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