The Battle Of Shiloh

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The Battle of Shiloh On a nice day, alongside the bank of the Tennessee River at Pittsburg Landing, Ulysses S. Grants soldiers were relaxing. They were enjoying their selves, and at the point where they did not have a care since it was a hot day. They walked around barefooted, their buttons unbutton, sleeves rolled up, wrote a Illinois volunteer (Sword). What was about to happen on April 6, 1862, in Shiloh, Tennessee would be a surprise to Ulysses S. Grants soldiers. The commander for the Union was Ulysses S. Grant. His subordinate and friend, Major General William Tecumseh Sherman would be nominated to be the commander of the Pittsburg Landing camps. Ulysses S Grants and some if his soldier had moved inland, towards a town named Shiloh. …show more content…
the first shot was fired when a Union soldier who was patrolling the perimeters of the Union camp in Shiloh. He had heard some movement in Fraley Field and discovered some Confederates. As the Union was not prepared for an attack that morning, the soldiers were preparing breakfast and doing other duties. They did not foresee the attack. As those shots were fired, the Union was called to arms. Due to the surprise attack, the Union had not devised a defensive plan to defend the outskirts of the camp. This became apparent to the Confederate Army. Around 7 a.m. the majority of the Confederates came out yelling their battle cry. As the Union was still surprised from the attack, the Confederate Army was able to overrun the Union camps. The Union lost many soldiers that …show more content…
I learned a lot about this battle that I did not know. This battle was one of many fought here in Tennessee. Unfortunately it was a battle where many Americans died. Knowing that there is so much history where I currently live I will make sure to attempt to visit some of the sights of these historic battles, and would like to witness some of the reenactments. The Battle of Shiloh was only two days long, but was one of the bloodiest battles fought in the Civil War. Many Union men and Confederate men were lost that day. Well over 23,000 combined causalities wither killed, wounded, captured or missing (History.com, 2009). The Confederate Army had a great advantage in this battle and could have potentially won. Ulysses S. Grant was able to assemble his defeated men and all reinforcement to victory over the Confederates. This battle would be an eye opener for both, the Confederate and Union that the war was far from over and would be a costly

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