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Sep 9, 2016 - Shiloh

Shiloh National Military Park, Tennessee - The battle of Shiloh took place on April 6-7, 1862 and proved to be the bloodies battle up until that time and the third bloodiest battle of the Civil War. General Grant was working his way south along the Tennessee River and set up at at Pittsburg Landing. The Confederate General Johnston was dug in on the other end of the battlefield. April 6 proved to be a good day for the South as Johnson's troops overran Grant's troops several times and gradually pushed them back towards the river. The area...

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Mar 30, 2013 - Shiloh National Military Park

Today after going to Mass we decided to go see the battle grounds known as Shiloh National Military Park. It was not a pretty day and was very drizzly and cold. So we went and saw the visitor center drove the loop and that was about it. What we saw was impressive. Did you know: Explorer John Wesley Powell, who first journeyed the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, did so with only one arm. He lost his right arm at Shiloh while commanding a battery of Illinois artillery pieces. The Battle of Shiloh produced (officially) 23,746...

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Apr 7, 2012 - Grand Illumination

One hundred and fifty years ago today, the second day of the Battle of Shiloh, also known as the Battle of Pittsburg Landing, was fought. As indicated on yesterday’s blog, a Union army under Major General Ulysses S. Grant had moved via the Tennessee River deep into Tennessee and was encamped principally at Pittsburg Landing on the west bank of the river. Confederate forces under Generals Albert Sidney Johnston and P. G. T. Beauregard launched a surprise attack on Grant there. The Confederates achieved considerable success on the first day,...

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Apr 6, 2012 - Ranger-Led Battlefield Tours

One hundred and fifty years ago today (on a Sunday), the Battle of Shiloh began at approximately 4:00 a.m. During the Battle, lasting over two days with over 65,000 Federal soldiers under Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Don Carlos Buell and 44,000 Confederate soldiers under Generals Albert Sidney Johnston (killed on the first day) and P.G.T. Beauregard, 23,746 men were killed, wounded, or captured. We joined the 10:00 a.m. Ranger led tour, “Alone on the Left: Stuart’s Brigade at Shiloh”. This excellent program traced the actions and footsteps...

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Apr 5, 2012 - TN Sesquicentennial Commemoration

At approximately 8:30 a.m. we arrived at the Pickwick Landing State Park Inn for the State of TN Official Sesquicentennial Commemoration! Following the posting of the colors (U.S. and C.S.) and playing of the National Anthems (“Star Spangled Banner” and “Dixie”) by the 52nd Regimental String Band, Commissioner Susan Whitaker and Dr. Carroll Van West, Co-Chairs, Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, TN gave brief opening remarks and introduced TN Governor Bill Haslam who spoke on the Commission, the Sesquicentennial, and TN...

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Apr 4, 2012 - World Premier!

We arrived at Pickwick Landing State Park Inn (on the other side of the dam from our campground and picked up the schedule for the Tennessee (TN) Sesquicentennial Event: "Invasions By Rail and River: The Battle of Shiloh". The two-day event began today to allow Tennesseans the opportunity to have their Civil War manuscripts, artifacts and photographs digitally copied. The Red Carpet World Premiere of the official National Park Service (NPS) orientation film called "Shiloh: Fiery Trial" on the April 1862 Civil War Battle of Shiloh or...

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Apr 3, 2012 - Book Talks

I was up early (6:30 a.m.) today. After making breakfast, I took it and a magazine to the gazebo overlooking the Tennessee River and sat on the swing letting a delightful breeze sweep across me! It was a idyllic morning, except for the paper pulp smell wafting across the River from the paper mill, as I heard birds singing and geese honking plus saw small fishing boats on the river below me. At about 1:00 p.m., we drove to Savannah, TN, the closest city, for two book talks and author signing at the Tennessee River Museum (plus we had a...

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Apr 2, 2012 - Hot Weather

Today's temperature reached 90 degrees! So, is it the second of April or August? Dan was gone for eight hours driving about Shiloh National Military Park while I blogged, napped, watched TV, googled, and read in the gazebo overlooking the Tennessee River below the dam. I searched for the winning Mega Millions numbers from last Friday's $640M jackpot. As we had one of the winning numbers and the Mega number (23), we won $3! So, I walked to the Botel Hotel Store and cashed it in by buying two scratch-off, but no luck there! Oh well, it was...

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Apr 1, 2012 - Armies of TN Reenactment

Two groups held "competing" 150th Anniversary Reenactments of the Battle of Shiloh. Today, we visited the Armies of Tennessee (AOT) reenactment. This smaller reenactment (only 500 reenactors as compared to yesterday's projected 5,000 reenactors) was held on a smaller site and less than 2,500 (or again one-tenth of the Blue & Gray Alliance's projections) visitors attended today's reenactment of the Battle of Shiloh. However, the planning and management of this reenactment by the AOT was apparent from the time we drove up to the site as 1)...

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Apr 1, 2012 - The Battle of Shiloh

We took advantage of a unique opportunity while we were in northern Mississippi. We found out from the campers next to us, who were from Indiana, that they had driven down here to attend the Reenactment of the Battle of Shiloh, which was happening that weekend. We have never been to a reenactment, so decided we should see what it was all about, as Shiloh was only about 60 miles from us. They said to get there early as the battle was to start at 1:30 P.M. and all the spectators needed to be in place before the battle started and that it was...

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Mar 31, 2012 - Blue & Gray Alliance Reenactment

At 7:30 a.m. we arrived at the Blue & Gray Alliance site for the 150th Anniversary Reenactment of the Battle of Shiloh. I only say we arrived at the site because we did not find staff and/or volunteers to direct us to parking lots, to accept the $5 parking fee, direct us to the entrance, nor accept the $15 admission fee. Yes, we arrived before the scheduled 8:00 a.m. announced opening time (as we‘ve done for the approximately two dozen reenactments we’ve previously attended together over the years), but there should have been staff and/or...

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Sep 13, 2011 - Shiloh, Tenn. Battlefield

We kissed Elvis goodbye and headed further into American history... arriving in Shiloh,TN where one of the most decisive civil war battles of 1862 took place within only 2 days time (Oct. 6 & 7). The 'Battlefield Park' itself is acres of absolutely gorgeous greenery! The peaceful and serene venue totally hides the horror of what occurred there, except for the many stone monuments and cannons set as memorials in the early 1900's. Every state involved in the battle is properly represented, and their dead respected. This is a battle the Union...

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