Battle of Shiloh -149th Anniversary

Today is the 149th anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh. Fought from April 6-7, 1862 it was the most deadly battle fought by the United States up to that time. CSA General Albert Sidney Johnston’s Army of Mississippi attacked US Major General Ulysses S. Grant’s Army of the Tennessee at dawn on the opening day of the battle. The Rebel army caught three divisions of the Federal army by surprise that morning when they launched a dawn assault near the Shiloh Meeting House church. By the close of the first day’s fighting, Grant’s army would be pushed back to a defensive line along the Pittsburg Landing Road. Receiving timely reinforcements from US Major General Don Carlos Buell’s Army of the Ohio, Grant would end up pushing the Confederate army from the field on the second day of the battle. Sidney Johnston would be killed in action and Grant would be accused of drunkenness. If you are interested in learning more about the battle of Shiloh, I would recommend that you read the following blog articles I have written:

Shiloh: The First Great Battle of the Civil War

Colonel Everett Peabody – Unsung Hero of Shiloh

Shiloh National Military Park – a photo essay


About Michael Noirot

I grew up in the Central Illinois farming community, of Dunlap. Growing up, I played sports, tinkered with cars and enjoyed photography. While I did well in school, I did not become passionate about history until my early 30's. I have built a large library, of books on early America, politics and the Civil War. I am an avid reader. Fortunately, I have had plenty of opportunities to travel, over the years, and have been to most of the Civil War battlefields. I work while I travel, so more often than not, I am up, in the middle of the night, to get sunrise pictures, or I will be out until well after dark, exploring Civil War battlefields. I have other hobbies, and passions, that I really enjoy. Number one on the list would be guitar. I play my guitars on a regular basis, and enjoy the Bluegrass, and Contemporary Christian (CCM) genres. I play a style of guitar, called FLATPICKING, where using a flat pick, you play lead solos, similar to the way a fiddle would have been played during the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Laura, my wife, and I also enjoy scuba diving, travel and spending time at our property, in the country. Lastly, we spend as much time with our families, as possible. Thanks for stopping by.
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4 Responses to Battle of Shiloh -149th Anniversary

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  2. Richard Norris says:

    Good blog. Shiloh was a defining battle for Union forces in the West, and for the people on the home front, both North and South.

  3. tim kent says:

    I actually made the trek to Shiloh this past weekend. It is the busiest weekend at the park. I came away somewhat disappointed. The government is out of money and they have signs begging for donations in the visitor center. Yet, all the drink machines and vending machines were out of order. They charge $1.25 for a drink there, so that tells you how much revenue they missed out on this past weekend. Also, we were in the bookstore at 5p.m. and more people were coming in to make purchases, when a ranger announced, “Either make a purchase or get out. We’ve had a long day and are ready to close up.” These people who rely on taxpayers for their living don’t seem to care about revenue for the park. Just my little rant. Tim

  4. L. R. Dispenza says:

    Most National Park Service sites do not run their own concessions – those are contracted out to third parties. I sincerely doubt that an NPS ranger was running the bookstore – when I was there last it was run by a non-profit support organization.

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