The Battle Of Shiloh : May It Never Be Forgotten

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The Battle of Shiloh: May It Never Be Forgotten On April 5th, 1862, the fields and thickets surrounding Shiloh church was just another peaceful backwoods landscape. Soon it would undergo a horrific transformation. The cheerful chirping of birds would be replaced by whizzing of flying pieces of metal shot with the intent to kill. The green grass of the hillsides would be trampled and splattered his blood and gore. Instead of the plains being inhabited by the occasional deer, they would be the home to wild hogs feeding on the corpses of both blue and gray indiscriminately. The Battle of Shiloh would take this place and make it a living hell for the soldiers involved, all of the former peace just a memory. Both sides of the…show more content…
The actual beginning, however, was when a Union patrol stumbled upon the Confederates and then they began skirmishing. Eventually, when the bulk of the Confederate army had come to the Union lines the skirmishing became a full-on charge. The Union command was late to respond and found its soldier being continually pushed back. “Sherman too was warned,” writes Shelby Foote in his classic Civil War commentary The Civil War: A Narrative, “but took no heed because the alarm was sounded by the same Colonel he had rebuked for crying wolf the day before” (p. 333). He felt that way until, finally responding to the summons, had both his aide and his hand shot by the enemy. An article on the website for the Civil War Trust states that almost two-thirds of the Union land force was routed in this first rush (Sword). Additionally, many Confederates slowed during this attack in order to loot the Union camps and fill their starving stomachs with the breakfasts of those they had just driven out. With their ferocious cries, the Confederates had overwhelmed the unprepared soldiers in blue. Johnston hoped to use the momentum of this charge to seal the Confederacy’s defeat. He wanted to trap the Union forces using the river banks they had chosen to camp beside for protection. Johnston spoke on his plan, saying, “they can present no greater front between those two creeks

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