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 also gave rise to thousands of personal accounts, building the legend of Shiloh. Here the Dispatch reports a strange coincidence on the battlefield.

An incident of the battle of Shiloh.

The MobileTribune relates the following singular occurrence:

Mr. Gordon Sheppard, brother of Lieut. Thos Sheppard of the Cadets, who was killed in the battle of Shiloh, stopped into this office last night with the military cap his brother had on at the time he received the fatal shot. Now he came by this cap is remarkably singular. During the battle the 1st Louisiana regiment was fighting over the same ground that the 21st Alabama had fought on, and it was in going over that ground that a Sergeant in one of the companies found a cap, and, seeing it was an officers, put it on and were it during the engagement and down to Mobile, he being one of the detail who escorted Gen. Gladden’s remans here. Some of Sheppard’s friends seeing the cap immediately recognizes it as the one worn by Lieut. Sheppard. On inquiry the Sergeant related the circumstance, and stated that he would be pleased to deliver it to any member of his family. These facts were made known to Gordon Sheppard, who afterwards received this last token of his brother; not, however, until he had made it satisfactory to the honest soldier. It is, indeed, a very lucky and singular incident.

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