When we were in Red Bay AL a few weeks ago, we took a day trip to Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee which also included some time at Corinth, Mississippi.
Our first impression was that is had some similarities to how Gettysburg National Military Park is set up, though a much smaller version. It has cemetery area, lots of monuments and a driving tour through the property.
We went over to the Visitor's Center, saw a video and learned of Grant's victories at Fort Henry and Fort Donelson before heading toward his next objective at Corinth. He landed his troops at Pittsburgh Landing (Shiloh).
read the article here. That was fun and an added bonus.
Next our driving tour where we tried to image the flow of the battle and skirmishes.
Shiloh was an critical location for the Union forces to secure in the bid for the important Confederate railroad junction at Corinth, MS 23 miles to the Southwest. The battle at Shiloh was the beginning of a six-month siege at Corinth to take control of the railroad and supply centers.
I had started the book months ago but am currently in the process of finishing Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant - (his autobiography). Very interesting reading. Grant was injured when his horse fell on him during the heavy rains and heat of the battle. The battle at Shiloh (or Pittsburgh Landing) on the Tennessee River was the first major battle won in the Western Theater.
On April 6 and 7, 1862 Union forces (65,000) under U.S. Grant and D.C. Buell were surprised by those of A.S. Johnston and P.G.T. Beauregard (40,000). Combined dead approached 24,000. Hard to fathom what war is like if you've never been in one. Union forces prevailed at Shiloh while the Confederates retreated toward Corinth.
After our driving tour around the battlegrounds, we had lunch under a big shade tree at what was once Pittsburgh Landing.
Inside, it was a collection of good displays and information that told the story of Corinth and its key role in the Civil War.
To the South, it was a vital distribution and supply point at a junction of rail lines going North and South (Ohio and Mobile Railroad) as well as another railroad route going East and West (Memphis and Charleston Railroad).
Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard again suffered defeat from Union forces, this time under Gen
Henry Halleck. However, he was able to pull off a hoax and escape in the night prior to the arrival of Union forces. He boarded the Ohio and Mobile Railroad along with his soldiers, artillery guns and a large amount of supplies.
It was a great battlefield to see for the first time and I'm glad we took the time to spend some time there. The National Park Service has done a nice job with it. My main take away from this and Vicksburg the better understanding of Gen Grant and how he rose to prominence in the Civil War. That has always been a mystery to me.
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