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Maps related to the Battle of Shiloh
Maps taken from Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: I: Sumter to Shiloh
Shiloh, outline campaign map
Shiloh, battlefield of (originally from U.S. Grant's autobiography)
Shiloh, Union camps before (from a map provided by W. T. Sherman during the battle)
Shiloh - Revised official map (left side)
Shiloh - Revised official map (right side)
Shiloh - Revised official map (combined)
Shiloh (the Official, or 'Thom' map)
Shiloh, map used by the Confederate commanders
Shiloh, stage I (originally from biography of A.S. Johnston)
Shiloh, stage II (originally from biography of A.S. Johnston)
Shiloh, stage III (originally from biography of A.S. Johnston)
Shiloh, showing routes by which Federal reinforcements reached the battlefield
Return to Battle of Shiloh/ Pittsburg Landing
Shiloh was centrally located in Palestine, a city in Mount Ephraim and its location is described in the Bible as "a place which is on the north side of Bethel, on the east side of the highway that goes up from Bethel to Shechem, and on the south of Lebonah" (Judg 21:19). After the conquest of Israel under Joshua, Shiloh became a religious centre and an Assembly-place for the tribes, and the Tabernacle of Moses was set up there (Josh 18:1). Joshua also allotted territories for the tribes at Shiloh (Josh 18: 2-10). Eli and his sons ministered at the House of God in Shiloh (Judg 18: 31), and God also appeared to Samuel at Shiloh (I Sam 1: 9 3: 1 ff). In the midst of a war against the Philistines at Ebenezer the Ark of the Covenant was brought from Shiloh into the battlefield and fell into the hands of the enemy (I Sam 4: 1-5 5: 1). When the Philistines brought back the Ark to Israel it was not set up again at Shiloh (1 Sam 6:21-7:2). Ahijah, who prophesied that he would rule over the ten tribes, came from Shiloh (I Kings 11: 29-31). When the Jews returned from Babylon, the men of Shiloh were among them (Neh 11: 5). During the Roman times the city existed under the same name, and this continued in Byzantine periods.
The site is identified with Khirbet Seilun, about 20 miles N of Jerusalem. The mound is about 12 acres, and contains many of the remains of the biblical Shiloh. The word Shiloh has always been understood in Rabbiinic Judaism as referring to the Messiah because of Jacob's blessing of the tribe of Judah "until Shiloh comes" (Genesis 49: 10).
The many findings at the site attest to archaeology's ability to supplement information contained in the biblical account.
Josh. 18:1 ff 18:10 Judg. 18:31 21:19 1 Sam. 1:3 ff 1 Kgs. 14:2 ff Ps. 78:60 Jer. 7:12.
By Grace Through Faith
In her short story “Shiloh”, Bobbie Ann Mason creates Leroy and Norma Jean Moffitt, a married couple in rural Kentucky who have come to a point in their marriage where some real questions need to be addressed. After suddenly finding himself disabled and back home after years on the road as a truck driver, Leroy seems within the first few paragraphs of the story to be somewhat lost. He is “not sure what to do next” and his home “does not even feel like a home.” Similarly, Norma Jean’s life is also much different after her husband’s return. While Leroy is content to sit and build models of B-17s and miniature log cabins out of popsicle sticks, Norma Jean takes a more active approach to life. She involves herself with body-building, classes at a local community college, and music. Their relationship, arguably never strong to begin with, must now face the challenges of new circumstances. This is the context upon which the “battle” of their marriage is framed around. Mason’s choice of the Civil War battlefield of Shiloh as the title for her story therefore serves not only as an element of setting, but also defines the complex relationship between her two main characters.
The Battle of Shiloh was a pivotal early battle in the American Civil War, fought in the spring of 1862 in southwestern Tennessee. Its historical significance lies in fact that it was one of the most costly battles of the War, with both sides suffering heavy casualties. But while Union forces escaped with victory, an argument can be made that no real victory was obtained by either side during those three days in April. With the number of fatalities totaling near 3,500 soldiers, there was no real winner. Currently, the battlefield site is a national park and cemetery and serves as a memorial to those who fought and died there. It stands as a piece of history to remind us of the battle, the struggle that took place, and the seemingly meaningless sense of loss it represented.
This important site then becomes Bobbie Ann Mason’s central framework as she creates the story of Leroy and Norma Jean Moffitt. In their relationship, we see classic examples of role-reversal from the symbolism between Leroy spending time doing needle-point [feminine] and Norma Jean lifting weights [masculine]. We see it again in the fact that she goes to work every day while he stays at home smoking marijuana and doing crafts. The imagery that Mason creates in terms of implied gender roles here is unmistakable, and both sides have questions about the future of their relationship. Leroy can’t tell what his wife feels for him, while she is “often startled” to see him at home, as well as being “disappointed” by the fact that he is. The implication here is that she wants Leroy to be the typical male provider, which is something that he seemingly lacks the ability to be. Whether it is his ignorance or an inability to adapt, he “can’t always remember…things anymore.” Leroy also has a desire to build his wife a log cabin, but the text suggests that Norma Jean not only doesn’t believe him, but alternatively doesn’t even want the cabin. “Like heck you are,” she says, and steers the conversation elsewhere. She also suggests things Leroy might do for work, but he answers with a non-committal [un-masculine] “Don’t worry. I’ll do something.”
Obviously, their marriage is failing. This is evident. As his wife embarks on new projects and works hard to better herself, Leroy is stuck in neutral. Norma Jean “does” things while Leroy simply “is”. The realization that they have very little in common settles in more as a reality now that Leroy is permanently back home, and we see him more than once being “intimidated” by some of the changes that are happening around him. It is with this knowledge that their marriage is on the rocks that they decide (begrudgingly on Norma Jean’s part) to visit Shiloh, where the real symbolism and theme of the story comes full circle.
Remember, Shiloh is both a battlefield and a cemetery. It is a place where harsh fighting took place and where the dead are remembered. That Mason would choose this site as her ultimate setting speaks to many different viewpoints. One view is that it represents the impending death of their marriage. Shiloh symbolizes the battle and ultimate destruction of their relationship. When Norma Jean announces her intentions to leave her husband, it is no mere coincidence that they are sitting among thousands of dead soldiers. It is no small coincidence that these soldiers died fighting in a tremendous struggle, similar to the one we see happening within the Moffitt family. Additionally, one could agree that Mason could have chosen any bloody battlefield in any bloody war to symbolize this failing marriage. What makes it so ironic and worth careful study is the fact that she chose the American Civil War. This is without question representative of the way the Moffitts’ failing marriage mirrors our country’s failure and division of the 1860s. In both cases, instability and miscommunication led to a battle in which there was no clear winner. This is perhaps the best analysis of Mason’s use of Shiloh as her setting, but there are certainly more.
Conversely, there is the view that with the insertion of a cemetery as a backdrop, Mason is inferring that this is a place where healing could begin. Since she never decisively ends their marriage within the boundaries of the text, Mason leaves open the possibility that this picnic among the dead might represent rebirth, or a new beginning. It serves therefore as a subtle reminder to the reader that hope is possible, and that perhaps this is a renewal of sorts. Leroy is certainly open to this possibility, as we hear him tell his wife, “You and me could start all over again. Right back at the beginning.” Mason tells us in the final few paragraphs that Leroy has realized some of his shortcomings too, that building a log house was “the dumbest idea he could have had.” In many ways, this is a good first step towards understanding his wife’s desires a little bit more.
Another good representation of this symbolism involving setting revolves around the historical aspect of Shiloh. Specifically, how Leroy’s misunderstanding of history is paralleled by his misunderstanding of his wife. Much like the admission that he “doesn’t know any history,” so it is that he doesn’t really know his wife either. He certainly hasn’t been able to relate to her or communicate with her since he’s been off the road. Since his return they “sit in silence,” do things “mechanically,” and “have forgotten a lot about each other.” As they sit together having lunch near the Shiloh cemetery, they are still “just making conversation,” even after almost two decades of marriage. Much like Leroy’s inability to speak with any depth on the history that surrounds them, he is equally unable to speak about what lies squarely between them. While Leroy offers conversation in the form of facts from a historical plaque, it is interesting to note that he has no similar way of speaking to his wife about their relationship. He has no crutch to lean on [no plaque to read from] and he knows he is powerless to stop her from leaving. We see textual evidence of this when Mason writes, “Leroy knows Norma Jean will have her own way.” By placing this climactic moment of the story in a location so rich with history, symbolism, and meaning, Mason has created almost the perfect parallel between her characters and their surroundings.
One of the final pieces to analyze in terms of setting takes us back to the actual Battle of Shiloh in 1862. The argument that there were no real winners is specifically paramount to Mason’s theme. Both armies took on incredible losses, and the bloodshed was immeasurable. Neither the Union forces nor the Confederates really “won” anything, it was simply a bloody battlefield marked by loss. As Norma Jean walks towards the Tennessee River bluff in the story’s final scene, readers should recognize the corresponding fact that neither Moffitt has really won anything to this point, either. The battle that makes up their marriage – with all its miscommunication and resentment being “miles away” from what could be considered healthy – produces no victor. The image of Norma Jean waving her arms and of Leroy trying, hobbling, to go after her certainly doesn’t evoke any glorious picture of victory. The pale sky of Shiloh doesn’t offer the reader much in the way of victorious celebration, either. The fact remains that in exactly the same way the Battle of Shiloh occurred, ended, and is memorialized, so it is with this relationship.
Overall, Bobbie Ann Mason has taken the story of a conflicted relationship and overlaid it against the historical backdrop of a messy Civil War battle. Her characters of Leroy and Norma Jean Moffitt are symbols also of this struggle, with Leroy representing the status quo (Union) and Norma Jean representing change and rebellion (Confederates). By choosing Shiloh as a place where the two characters come to some harsh realizations, Mason weaves both the intricacies of relationships with the historical relevance of warfare. She gives us a symbolic look at the foundations of relationships by illustrating that communication is important and assumed roles must be accepted in order for a relationship to become strong and prosper. For without these things, any relationship will ultimately fall into itself. From a historical perspective, just as our Union famously fell into itself in 1860, the union that Mason shows us through the Moffitts’ marriage mirrors it completely. And for this reason, her choice of Shiloh as a backdrop to frame her characters around is more than relevant. It quite simply defines their relationship and makes the reading of “Shiloh” even more worthwhile.
Civil War Letters describe horrors of Shiloh
Last week’s column focused on the J.C. Barnett Library and Archives, which is one of two designations recently received into the National Park Service National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. The J.C. Barnett Library and Archives contains family collections, records, papers and various artifacts relating to Oldham County history.
Part of this collection included a complete set of Civil War letters written by Amos Mount to his Aunt Amanda. Amos Mount (1841-1912) joined the Company B, 6th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, U.S.A. composed of mostly young men from La Grange and Westport. Although Amos was wounded in1863, he eventually rejoined his unit and was discharged in 1864. The collection, which is comprised of 32 letters, were all written to Aunt Amanda at her home, now the J.C. Barnett Library and Archives and Library - taking a 139-year trip back to the place where they were first received.
Several readers were interested in the letters so the next few columns will focus on several letters which highlighted Amos’s battle experiences. The letters are in their original syntax with the misspellings and dialect, typical of young men of similar circumstances during those times. To view the translation of the letter in today’s dialect, go to the website: www.oldhamcountyhistoricalsociety.org and click on Amos Mount Letters.
This letter was the battle of Shiloh Church, also called the Battle of Pittsburg Landing. The 6th Kentucky entered the battle on April 7. The 6th Regiment arrived after sunset and forced into battle on nearly empty stomachs. For the most part, the 6th Kentucky served as reinforcements, moving around the battlefield to give other companies periods of rest from the fights. The Regiment did experience heavy fire from Col John D. Martin’s Company and was forced to retreat at one point. They fell back to the Manse George Cabin where they received support from the 9th Regiment, whom they had been relieving at the time.
Brig. General Nelson would eventually mount a counterattack against the advancing Confederates and the 6th would help in driving them back. 103 men from the 6th Regiment died. Company B, Amos Mount’s Company, came away completely unscathed. Total Federal losses at Shiloh were over 13,000 killed. Confederate losses were over 10,000 killed.
April 15, 1862
Battle field of shilo near pitsburg landing Tenn
My Dear Aunt
I wonce more hav the pleasure to write to you all since I last write to you we hav marched nine days on a force march and hav bin in one of the hardest battles that has bin fought. We reached the battle ground Sunday night last after dark and we stood in line of Battle all night in the rain, the fight commenced at day light again. It is a day that I never will for get to see the dead lying ove the field and to hear the groans of the woonded. It was one of the awfulest sites that man every witnessed. I counted fourty dead bodys in one place most of thim we rebels. It woul make the hart of most eny one quiver to see the dead and wounded and to hear the groans of the wounded. Aunt you leter has jest come to hand I asshure you that I we glad to hear form you all as I we getting vary anxious to hear from you all. Auntyou said in you leter that you had read a leter from Wily and that he said the lincolnites wer to try to whip them out. Well I hav only got to say that if he is a traitor to his country I hope he will meet a traitors fate for if thar every was eny thing I hate it is a traitor. Aunt you said in you leter that you thought I made my will. No I did not. It was because I couldent but I hope I soo may. You said that I must write plainer well I write plain as I can for I am now seting away out in the woods by self on the Battle ground. We had nine wounded in our company. I will giv you some of thare names, James Russel, John Foster, Dress Shuck, James Waddsen for the presnt I will stop. Write soon. Aunt I forgot to tell you about paper. I was vary glad to get it and I hop you will send it often. Write soon and giv me all of the nous you said that I most not join the regulars for I would soon be twentyone. Well I have got out of the notion. Your giv my respects to all of my friends. Giv my best love to Mrs. Raily.
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Union artillery pieces stand as silent sentinels near the William Manse George cabin at the Shiloh National Military Park. (Photo: Brian Swartz, Getty Images)
9 Significant Historical Sites of the American Civil War
From 1861 to 1865 this iconic battle of North versus South waged on to determine the fate of slavery in the United States of America. This battle for civil rights and freedom was a defining moment in our nation’s history and marked the abolition of slavery and the preservation of the United States as one indivisible nation. The Civil War remains today as the deadliest war in American history, with approximately 620,000 military , not to mention the undetermined civilian casualties as a result of the relentless battles. From Gettysburg to Andersonville to Richmond, many of the historic sites are preserved and can still be visited today. Here are a few we recommend any history buff check out:
9. Appomattox Court House National Historical Park -Appomattox, Virginia
Among the preserved and reconstructed buildings at this national historic park is the McLean House. This important building is where General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Confederacy to Union commander Ulysses S. Grant on April 9th, 1865, effectively ending the Civil War. Today the park is home to many original artifacts tied to the events which occurred here, including the pencil used by General Lee to make corrections to the terms of surrender. The park’s visitor center is open daily from 8:30am – 5:00pm and admission is $10 per vehicle.
8. Shiloh National Military Park -Shiloh, Tennessee
Shiloh National Military Park preserves the battlefields of Shiloh and Corinth in southern Tennessee and Mississippi. The Battle of Shiloah was one of the first major Civil War battles in the south and resulted in nearly 24,000 soldiers killed, wounded or missing. After this battle the Union troops took the railroad junction at Corinth which is why the sights of both battlefields are preserved within this National Park designation. Among the attractions of these historic sites are the Shiloah National Cemetery, the Confederate Memorial in Shiloah Park, Siloah Indian Mounds and the Sunken Road.
7. Richmond National Battlefield Park -Richmond, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia played an integral part of the Civil War, having served as the capital of the Confederate States of America during this time. As a result, there are numerous sites of historical significance to be found throughout the city and surrounding counties. Richmond National Battlefield Park includes 13 distinct sites or units, each commemorating an important event or location of the American Civil War. Among these sites are Fort Harrison, Cold Harbor, the defensive battery of Drewry’s Bluff and the famous Tredegar Iron Works, now home to the park’s main visitor center.
“Pattern building, Tredegar Iron Works, Richmond, Virginia” by Morgan Riley – Own work . Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
6. Antietam National Battlefield -Sharpsburg, Maryland
On September 17, 1862 the Battle of Antietam was fought at the foothills of the Appalachians along Antietam Creek in Sharpsburg, Maryland. This was a significant battle as it marked the end of General Robert E. Lee’s first invasion of the North during the Civil War. Today, the area and its historic sites have been preserved as a National Park and included on the National Register of Historic Places. Each year over 330,00 people visit the park which includes such attractions as a visitor center, National Cemetery, Maryland Monument and the Pry House Field Hospital Museum.
5. Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park -Fredericksburg, Virginia
This Civil War site in Virginia gives you a 4 in 1 experience as this National Military Park covers 4 important battle sites of the Civil War the Battle of Fredericksburg, Battle of Chancellorsville, Battle of the Wilderness, and Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. The park includes 5 preserved structures open to the public (one of which is the location where Stonewall Jackson died of injuries sustained during the Battle of Chancellorsville) and at over 8374 acres, Fredericksburg is the second largest military park in the world.
4. Andersonville National Historic Site -Andersonville, Georgia
When we think of POW camps, our minds tend to lean more to Europe and the camps of WWII, long before this however there were POW camps right here in America. Andersonville National Historic Site in Georgia preserves the site of Camp Sumter, also known as Andersonville Prison which was a Confederate POW camp during the Civil War. The site is open to the public and includes a National Cemetery, prisoner-of-war museum, and remains of the camp itself. Visit this site to pay your respects to the over 13,000 men that died here as a result of the unlivable conditions a somber reminder of the horrors of war camps.
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3. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park -Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia/Lookout Mountain, Tennessee
This military park encompasses two distinct locations which were the sites of two significant Civil War battles the Battle of Chickamauga in Georgia and the Chattanooga Campaign at Lookout Mountain, eastern Tennessee. The park consists of four main areas: Chickamauga Battlefield, Missionary Ridge, Lookout Mountain Battlefield and Point Park and Moccasin Bend. These parks preserve and recount the long and hard-fought battle of the Chattanooga Campaign the power struggle of North vs South for domination and control of this “Gateway to the Deep South”.
2. Fort Sumter National Monument -Charleston, South Carolina
Fort Sumter is credited as being the location where the American Civil War really began, when on April 12, 1861 Confederate artillery opened fire on this Charleston Harbor fort. While there are several sites associated with Fort Sumter that are accessible by land, including the visitor center, visiting the fort itself will require transportation by boat as the fort sits in Charleston Harbor. Visitors can either take the public boat tours operated by Fort Sumter Tours at a cost of $19 for adults and $12 for children, or if you have your own boat, there is no admission to visit Fort Sumter on your own.
1. Gettysburg National Military Park -Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
It’s no accident that the site of the most notorious battle of the American Civil War comes in as the number one historical Civil War site to visit in America. The Battle of Gettysburg in 1863 was the bloodiest of the entire Civil War with an estimated 46,000-51,000 casualties from both sides. The result of this battle was a Union win, which ended Robert E. Lee’s second and most ambitious invasion of the North. The significance of this battle was such that it spawned President Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address which honored the fallen soldiers of this bloody clash. Today, the public can appreciate the significance of Gettysburg with a visit to the visitors center, the Soldier’s National Cemetery or David Wills House.
Updates on Shiloh
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Interesting Facts About the Battle of Shiloh
There were many deadly battles that happened in the American Civil War, but the worst one of them all was the Battle of Shiloh. The Confederacy made a surprise attack on Union forces and pinned them to the banks of the Tennessee River. The Union survived the first day of the attack, launched a counter-attack on the second day, and forced the Confederates to retreat. In total, more than 23,000 soldiers died that day.
1. An Act of Compassion
The greatest blow in the Battle of Shiloh for the Confederacy was the lost of General Albert Johnston. While fighting in the afternoon on the first day, he was shot just behind his right knee. His boot began to fill up with blood quickly, but if it had been treated, he would have survived. Because he had ordered his personal doctor to help wounded Union troops, however, there was no one around to help treat him.
2. It Almost Destroyed Grant
The heavy Union losses were blamed on General Ulysses S. Grant. Soon reporters began digging into his lifestyle habits and questioned his mental stability. Many calls were made for his resignation, but Lincoln refused to dismiss him. Eventually Grant would serve as President of the United States after the Civil War.
3. A Famous Book
The author of the iconic novel Ben Hur also fought at the Battle of Shiloh. Lew Wallace, or Major General Lewis Wallace, got his entire unit lost in the woods around the battle site because he encountered a Confederate unit, got confused, and went in the wrong direction. He wouldn’t arrive at the Union camp until 7pm, long after much of the first day of fighting had occurred.
4. Living in Folklore
Many people know about the Sunken Road and the Bloody Pond from the Battle of Shiloh. The only problem is that they likely didn’t exist. The reports of these two phenomenon aren’t given by anyone who survived the battle. It instead comes from someone bystander accounts of those who visited the battlefield several days after.
The Battle of Shiloh was a defining moment of the Civil War. The loss of life was tragic and the disorganization of the Confederacy turned what could have been a defining moment into the war for them into a first step toward eventual defeat.
Commanders in charge
The Union forces were lead by General Ulysses S. Grant. Apart from him, General Don Carlos Buell was part of the Union troops. Generals Albert Sidney Johnston and Pierre G. T. Beauregard were leading the Confederate side. The military units that were part of the Battle of Shiloh were the Army of Tennessee, Army of Ohio of the Union and Army of Mississippi of the Confederates. Going by the unit strength, the Confederates were the weaker side with only 44,699 soldiers whereas the Union had a total of 66812 soldiers.
Maps related to the Battle of Shiloh - History
Following the capture of Forts Henry and Donelson on the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers, the command of the armies in the west was consolidated under Maj. Gen. Halleck. Command in the field was divided between Maj. Gen. Grant's Army of the Tennessee and Maj. Gen. Buell's Army of the Ohio (Link to Regional Map). In early April 1862, the two armies began moving to concentrate and move against the key rail junction of Corinth, Mississippi. On April 5, 1862, Grant's army arrived at Pittsburgh Landing on the west bank of the Tennessee River a few miles south of Savannah, Tennessee. The army camped and awaited the arrival of Buell's army (expected late the next day) before moving on. The Union forces did not set up defenses or even send out pickets as no Confederates were believed to be nearby.
Unknown to the Union forces, Confederate General Albert Syndey Johnson had assembled his Army of Mississippi and was moving north to intercept and destroy Grant's army and capture all his supplies before Buell's army could join him.
The battle began early on April 6 with the Confederate forces streaming out of the woods and totally surprising the Union troops. Grant's army fell back before the attackers putting up stubborn resistance at a sunken road know later as the "Hornet's Nest." The determined resistance at the Hornet's Nest threw off the timetable of the advancing Confederates and probably saved the rest of Grant's army. During the fighting, Confederate General Johnson was killed while leading his troops and command fell to Gen. Bragg. By the end of the day, the Confederates had pushed the Union army back into a small pocket next to the river where the Union gunboats could offer some protection (Link to Map, End of Day 1).
During the night, Buell's Army of the Ohio arrived and the troops were ferried across the river to the west bank. At daybreak, the newly reinforced Union army attacked and over the course of the day completely pushed the Confederates back across the battlefield of the previous day (Link to Map, End of Day 2).
The Battle of Shiloh is named for a small church located in the central portion of the battlefield. The battle is also known as the Battle of Pittsburg Landing. The battle was the first of many large battles during the war that had in excess of 20,000 casualties and was an omen that the war would last for a much longer time than anyone had anticipated.
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Battlefield Guide - Author and leading Shiloh battlefield expert, Tim Smith is scheduled to lead this tour.
In the spring of 1862, Union forces engaged Confederate troops in a series of campaigns waged for control of Kentucky and western Tennessee. At stake were a number of critical waterways and rail lines that led to the heartland of the South. This tour provides an in-depth look at the Battle of Shiloh (April 6-7, 1862). With five times the casualties of First Manassas, Shiloh was the bloodiest battle in United States history up to that time. We will also examine the Battle of Corinth.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
7:00 pm Gather for an orientation meeting at the Holiday Inn Express.
In an attempt to destroy the Western Union offensive once and for all, Confederate forces – under Albert Sidney Johnston – attacked Grant’s Army camped near Shiloh Church. We will begin the day with a lecture by Tim Smith. Then we will walk the hallowed ground of Fraley’s Field, the Peach Orchard, Bloody Pond and the Hornets’ Nest.
The Confederates achieved considerable success on the first day of the battle, but as we’ll learn today, they were ultimately defeated on Day 2. We will tour Pittsburg Landing, Grant’s Last Line and Water Oaks Pond. This crushing defeat ended Confederate hopes of blocking the Union advance into northern Mississippi.
Following the Battle of Shiloh, the Confederate army fell back to Corinth. We’ll trace their route and visit sites associated with the siege of Corinth on October 3-4, 1862 and the Battle of the Davis Bridge. The tour ends back at the Holiday Inn Express at approximately 4:30 pm.
We have reserved a block of 35 rooms for 3 nights (October 28, 29, & 30) at the Holiday Inn Express in Corinth MS. ($108 +tax per room per night.) This special group rate applies until 30 days out (September 28) at which time any rooms in our reserved group block not sold will be released. Subsequent bookings will be based on availability and higher room rates may apply.
Marcia H. on May 15, 2020:
When we lived in west Tennessee we had the opportunity to visit Shiloh many times, on our own and with visitors. There are areas in the park where you truly feel other presences, although we never witnessed any apparitions. It must truly be haunted as a result of the horrifying amount of lives destroyed in that terrible, bloody battle. I hope one day those lost souls will find peace and that goes for all of humanity.
AneciaPrice on September 17, 2018:
My husband and I have both seen the little ghost boy at the primitive cabin. It wasn’t until after we were married that I brought up my encounter with him and my husband began to tell me how he had a similar encounter with him too.
I was around 10yrs old when I saw him. I entered the cabin. Through the back door with my family just as another couple was leaving out the front door. Not ten seconds later a young, barefooted boy around the age of 6-8 with blond hair, grey pants and a white shirt climbed down the ladder leading to the attic loft and also exited out the front door. We exited to and walked down the path behind him and the couple who exited the cabin just before him, (who we naturally thought were his parents since they were the only other people around.) Just before we got to the parking lot, however, the boy ran off onto a path in the woods and then the couple got into their car and left. It was then that my mom said that it looked like that couple had left their son and we started looking for the boy, quickly realizing that he wasn’t with the couple after all. In fact, they had never even acknowledged him. He had just vanished.
My husband was a teenager when he and his friends encountered the boy. They had all climbed up the ladder into the loft but just as they got up there they heard the door open downstairs. My husband looked and he saw the boy, who looked and was dressed exactly the same as when I saw him. He said they looked at each other and the boy opened the door and went back outside. That’s when my husband and his friends decided to follow him. They went out the door practically right behind him, but when they got outside he was somehow way up the trail headed back to the parking lot. They picked up the pace to try and follow him, but my husband said they couldn’t seem to get any closer. One of them even yelled out to him but he veered onto the same path in the woods just as we had seen him do and disappeared. No one else was anywhere near them or in the parking lot at the time, so there was no one there to have picked him up, etc. He was just gone without a trace like when my family encountered him.