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  2. Mona and Stones River

    Yeah Mike, if you ever manage to get back this way, it will have changed even more since then. I hate to see the 4 lane going in on the edge of the battlefield, but it is a done deal. It is going to be a terrible eyesore.
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  4. Mona and Stones River

    thanks...i was think that since the fence was behind him with the little field.
  5. Mona and Stones River

    I wish I would had more time there last summer.
  6. It's just a quiz...

    Captain Henry Binmore It is said that a good leader surrounds himself with good people. And, as has been discussed, Benjamin Prentiss had a number of good people in his employ, following on his election as Brigadier General (by the troops he was to command), on May 8th 1861, in charge of the Illinois Brigade, with HQ at Cairo. And those individuals selected by Prentiss contributed to the success of their General; and in return saw their own careers go from strength to strength. One such individual, not yet discussed, is Henry Binmore. A native of London born in 1833, Henry migrated to Montreal Canada at age 16 and became a journalist, self-taught in the skill of shorthand notation. After moving to the United States, the young man worked as reporter for newspapers in Illinois and Missouri, and got caught up in the phenomena that was Stephen A. Douglas: a rising star on the National stage, whose debates in 1858 with chief contender for a Senate seat from Illinois -- Abraham Lincoln -- also propelled that man into the National spotlight. Reporter Binmore published articles from those debates, all conducted in Illinois, in the Chicago Times and the Missouri Daily Republican... and probably led to Binmore gaining the notice of Senator Douglas (who won the election). Henry Binmore was employed as Secretary to Stephen A. Douglas, and remained with that man until his untimely death in June 1861. Private Secretary Binmore was suddenly in need of employment; and Brigadier General Prentiss was in need of a competent record-keeper/administrator. Given the rank of Captain, Henry Binmore became Prentiss's Assistant Adjutant General, and followed General Prentiss from Illinois to Northern Missouri. And when Benjamin Prentiss was assigned to duty with Grant's Army in Tennessee in March 1862, prospective assignment as Commander of the new Sixth Division, it may have been Captain Binmore who went ahead and reported at Savannah (while General Prentiss was busy with tasks assigned by Henry Halleck, and completed at Cairo, Mound City and Fort Henry.) It may very well have been Henry Binmore to whom Colonel Madison Miller reported on or about March 31st 1862, and received camp assignment for the 18th Missouri Infantry. (Next day, Miller records meeting General Prentiss, in person, and being assigned as Commander of 2nd Brigade, of the Sixth Division.) As AAG for the Sixth Division, Captain Binmore applied skills learned and practiced in Missouri to write and disseminate orders, and keep the books for General Prentiss. It is unknown how successful was Captain Binmore on April 6th, suffering the same surprise as the rest of the Sixth Division; and forced to flee north before 9 a.m., where it appears he remained close to General Prentiss in the Hornet's Nest (likely keeping an account of the Day's happenings -- and probably employed to deliver orders to units, close by, especially while Prentiss' designated courier -- Edwin Moore -- was away delivering one of the many messages to General Grant.) Before 4:30 p.m., about the same time Benjamin Prentiss ordered north the artillery batteries belonging to Hickenlooper and Munch (Pfaender), the General also ordered Captain Binmore to the Landing... and so, General Prentiss was without Staff when he was taken prisoner before 5:30 (Surgeon Everett having been killed earlier in the day.) A Staff officer without a General to serve, Henry Binmore applied to Stephen Hurlbut, and found employment as volunteer Aide de camp. In December 1862, when Major General Hurlbut was put in Command of the new 16th Army Corps, with HQ at Memphis, Binmore was promoted to Major, and then Lieutenant Colonel, and became Hurlbut's AAG. At the conclusion of the War, Henry Binmore returned to Chicago and found employment as a Law Reporter (while studying law.) Passing the Illinois Bar before 1890, he continued to work in the legal profession, and the writing of law-related documents and papers, until his death in 1907. Just a bit more to the story of the Sixth Division... Ozzy References: http://archive.org/stream/lincolndouglas2184linc#page/n121/mode/2up/search/photograph Henry Binmore bio pages 80 - 81. OR 8, OR 10, OR 24 (various pages) Shiloh Report of General B. M. Prentiss http://archive.org/stream/cu31924022842433#page/n0/mode/2up/search/Binmore Henry Binmore's legal papers A Politician Turned General: the Civil War Career of Stephen A. Hurlbut by Jeffrey Norman Lash (2003) Kent State Press, page 110. http://newspapers.library.in.gov/cgi-bin/indiana?a=d&d=PT19071107.1.8 Plymouth Tribune 7 NOV 1907 page 8 col.4 "Reporter dies" SDG post March 2018 "The 18th Missouri Infantry" [Colonel Madison Miller] [Sketch by Robert Marshall Root] Lincoln - Douglas Debate of 18 SEP 1858 at Charleston Illinois before a crowd of 15000 people. Prominent on the Speaker's Platform are Abraham Lincoln, Stephen A. Douglas, and scribbling away below Lincoln's left arm, Henry Binmore. [From Scenic and Historic Illinois (1928) by Charles E. Brown.]
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  8. Mona and Stones River

    Wilkinson. Yes, where he is standing is now the building. The pile of dirt is to the back left of the cameraman.
  9. Full Hospitals

    An outcome... After Generals Strong and Prentiss inspected Mound City General Hospital, it appears action was taken: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015672/1862-03-28/ed-1/seq-2/#date1=1862&sort=date&rows=20&words=Pittsburg&searchType=basic&sequence=0&index=15&state=Indiana&date2=1862&proxtext=Pittsburg&y=0&x=0&dateFilterType=yearRange&page=3 Evansville Daily Journal for 28 MAR 1862 page 2, col. 1, para 3 -- "The Louisiana has passed up from Mound City, full of sick and wounded from the General Hospital, to make room for those who may be wounded in a Battle likely to take place soon in Mississippi. The Louisiana is bound for Cincinnati." A bit more to the story... Ozzy
  10. Louisiana Diary

    one wonders if her father felt the rumblings of problems and took forth this voyage as these lands/family might not be able to be visited in the near future.i do agree what a list of cities to see one more time before....
  11. Louisiana Diary

    A Grand Tour Besides reporting on the Battles at Fort Donelson and Shiloh, there are other gems to be found in this journal, one of which is the record (beginning page 4) of a Grand Tour that commenced from Vicksburg Mississippi in August 1859, and involved rail and steamboat travel. In company with her Father and other family members, the tour commenced aboard the Capitol, paddling in comfort up the Mississippi River, with stops at Memphis, St. Louis, Columbus Kentucky and Cairo. By train, the party continued to Chicago, Detroit, Niagara Falls, and Montreal Canada. A stop was made in the ancestral home of the Wadley Family (New Hampshire) before continuing south by rail, to Boston, New York City, Baltimore and Washington D.C. Then on to Richmond; across the Carolinas to Savannah Georgia (where the party remained a few days.) Rail west across Georgia to the head of navigation on the Alabama River, for a two day cruise downriver, pausing at Selma Alabama, before arriving at Mobile. After a few days on Mobile Bay, another steamer was boarded for the one-day passage to New Orleans. Another brief stay, and the train took the party back home to Amite Louisiana, arriving November 19th after two full months of travel. But, what is truly striking: all of the places visited (that were to play key roles in the conflict that commenced just over a year later.) If someone were to "concoct a list of important places to visit, prior to initiation of the Civil War," it would resemble Sarah's list of places visited... Just coincidence? Ozzy
  12. Mona and Stones River

    is that nashville pike or wilkerson rd behind him?? im trying to figure out where he's at??is this where the pile of dirt came from? i can see a snake fence in the back.looks like an old home place by the big cedars along the lane...also one more reason to come..it will just get more and more dangerous to even drive and try to find these locations..
  13. Louisiana Diary

    Sarah Lois Wadley was not in Tennessee during the Fort Henry and Fort Donelson Campaign; she was living in a small town along the New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern R.R. in northern Louisiana. And in a diary she had kept since 1859, now 18-year old Sarah recorded her own thoughts and news reports in regard to the fight at Fort Donelson on pages 61 and 62: "February 17, 1862 -- Bad news comes in from Tennessee..." and "March 2, 1862 -- We have heard nothing but reverses: Fort Donnelson was taken by the 17th last month. And since that, Nashville has been surrendered. And now, Fort Columbus is threatened..." Sarah Wadley's Diary is available online via the Louis Round Wilson Special Collection at University of North Carolina, at the link attached below. She covered the entire Civil War (the last diary page available is for May 1865); and some of the other "items of interest" for those of us at SDG include: Sunday March 16, 1862 -- "General Price has defeated the yankees in Arkansas [Pea Ridge] and our battering ram, Virginia, sunk one of the blockading ships last week..." April 13 -- "Oh! what a time this is, the past week has been one of feverish excitement. Tuesday we received news of a great battle, near Corinth..." Easter Sunday, April 20 -- "The battle near Corinth was another added to our Victories [but it is said we had to move the army south to avoid a reinforcing army...]" Other events included in Sarah's Diary: the Fall of New Orleans; the struggle to maintain Vicksburg; and "the work of her Father (William Morrill Wadley)" who was a Railroad Superintendent in Louisiana, but who appears to have taken on a more powerful role, over time (his frequent visits to Richmond expanding into conferences involving forty other Confederate Railroad superintendents, those meetings led by Wadley, and often taking place in Georgia.) The Civil War Diary of Amite, Louisiana resident Sarah Lois Wadley is worth a read, to get a Southern civilian's take on significant events; to appreciate "the spin" provided by Southern newspapers; and to get a better understanding of "the Southern experience on the Home Front" during the war years. Cheers Ozzy References: http://docsouth.unc.edu/imls/wadley/wadley.html [scroll down to Sarah Wadley's Diary] http://www.csa-railroads.com/Essays/Biography_of_William_M._Wadley.htm Bio of Railroad Superintendent Wadley at "Confederate Railroads" http://www.csa-railroads.com/ Confederate Railroads [best site available for Civil War railroads operated in the South].
  14. Mona and Stones River

    Mona, You remember the pile of dirt (the same one I found the relics in). Where the guy is standing in this video is now gone. A building has gone up there just since last September. Good video. The area where he is standing, up to the road behind him, totally unrecognizable now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feDY1Qp6ZI4
  15. Mona and Stones River

    Thanks for the kind words Mona. But, you are right, if anyone wants to see it before it is totally gone, you have less than 2 years. After that, the last few remnants of where most of the battle was fought, beyond the park boundaries, will be gone for good. At that point, well, trying to really pin down where fighting took place, good luck with that. But, yep, liberally I give it about 5 years, and that is it, what is left will be gone forever.
  16. T. Hurst remembers...

    Mona "Timing is everything." And this may help explain why leaders (like U. S. Grant) were keen to get on with things. Wait too long, and you must factor: Drought or Flood (such as occurred at Fort Henry) Heat or Snow (such as happened at Fort Donelson) Rain... (probably led to Albert Sidney Johnston delaying Shiloh by one day) Establishment of "artificial barriers" ("Wait for Buell ...and do nothing to bring on general engagement" or "You do not have permission, or authority, to conduct that operation" or "You are not the desired commander to be put in charge of that expedition.") Military operations have always been subject to Uncertainty and Chance. Which is why phrases such as, "The Gods smiled upon you," and "Strike while the iron is hot" became associated with successful military operations, in times past. Ozzy N.B. As regards operations at Pittsburg Landing, the receding flood waters led to Lick Creek being easily fordable; the crossing of Snake Creek (via Wallace Bridge) being possible; and the inability of Sherman's April 1st Expedition proceeding any further up the Tennessee River than Chickasaw Bluff (to hunt down that pesky Confederate gunboat, rumored to be operating in vicinity of Florence Alabama.)
  17. Scientific American

    Sometimes it's nice to know, "How did they do that during the Civil War?" How did they mass produce the thousands upon thousands of uniforms needed? What was the method used for preserving meat? When did the battery become available (so useful for remote torpedo detonation and telegraph operation)? Scientific American, first published in 1845, rose to the challenge presented by the American Civil War, and quickly adjusted to advocate "home remedies" for food storage; explaining the operation (and importance) of steam engines; revealing new uses for old devices... such as the battery, which had been around for centuries (used for electroplating silver onto base metal), but was now required for other operations. Of course, the weekly magazine, usually 16 pages in length continued operating as a forum for brand-new ideas; and promoted patents for those new ideas. But, by early 1862 it also began including "news reports, and items of interest relating to conduct of the War," biographies of important leaders; and outcome of important battles. New inventions with war-specific use gained prominence (such as rifled cannon; iron-clad ships; industrial-grade sewing machines; screw propellers.) Battle of Shiloh. Mostly referred to as Battle of Pittsburg Landing, there are one-column articles in Volume 6 on page 242 {April 19th 1862) first report; page 258 (April 26) "explaining the importance of Buell and Navy gunboats" and page 274 (3 May)"Following onto our previous report, we believe there was, "lack of due vigilance" and "lack of care" demonstrated by the leadership at Pittsburg Landing... In fact, the management of our forces during the initial hours could not have been worse." [Underline is mine -- Ozzy.] The HathiTrust reference site makes use of "Search Box" at top of each page, allowing for search of any specific word desired (within each Volume.) "Shiloh" and "Pittsburg" recovered the above results within Volume 6. Reference link below. Ozzy Scientific American: http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000505081 [for access to every Volume] http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924080787702;view=1up;seq=246 Volume 6 of Scientific American
  18. Neat account and picture

    According to The History of the Orphan Brigade Edward Porter Thompson, Price C. Newman of Louisville was elected 2nd lieutenant in November, 1861, and was elected captain at the reorganization of May 15, 1862. He participated in all of the major engagements of the Orphan Brigade and died in Louisville on July 30, 1894. (page 802) https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.b4519380;view=1up;seq=1213
  19. One more account

    According to The History of the Orphan Brigade by Edward Porter Thompson, William Pope of Louisville "was severely wounded in battle at Shiloh; suffered amputation of the arm, and died shortly afterward." (page 822) https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.b4519380;view=1up;seq=952
  20. T. Hurst remembers...

    i was just thinking after seeing the list of all the boats that wee churning up/down stream. wonder how this would have developed if this troop accumulation had been say in aug/sept..when its hot and very dry...the river would not be very navigatable to support this .before the river was channelized/dams built one could ride your horse accross in several spots.
  21. One more account

    wonder if will pope survived ? bardstown??alabama or kentucky??
  22. Neat account and picture

    he was so fortunate to have tripped!
  23. Mona and Stones River

    ive tried to reply to this many times and it wont load so im going this way...yall if you even have a slight desire to visit stones river nmp do so asap...it is disappearing before one's eye. Stan does an exceptional guided tour and really helps you "see" the battlefield/action despite all the development..it is dicey in some spots to pull over and look over the grounds..but you will not get out.. it is a forever lost...yall can read/study upon this battle and get out there and if you dont have Stan...you will be lost and confused...i thank you forever stan for the guided tour...there i absolutely no interpretation of the battle...and locations about...i think mufreesboro really missed an tremedous opportunity for the tourism dollars by allowing this to happen instead the want roads condos hotels,strip malls,homes(which i hope have ghosts),counrty club. dollars.we are SO fortunate to have our Shiloh!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  24. Mona and Stones River

    i was trying to figure out which intersection that was...doesnt look that way now..does it.
  25. See you in Memphis

    Perhaps the reason we don't think too much about Memphis is because the surrender took place "over there, to the west of Pittsburg Landing and Corinth" (seemingly out of Grant's jurisdiction, with its "limits not defined" -- but not out of Halleck's jurisdiction.) In addition, there were so many different men given credit in some way for the Fall of Confederate Memphis, and her return to Federal control: there was the Flag-officer that conducted the river-borne operation; there was the Commander of the Federal Ram Fleet; there was the Army lieutenant who strode into Memphis after the Confederate Naval Force was destroyed, accepted the Surrender from the Mayor, and then restored the Star Spangled Banner to the flag-staff atop the Post Office... And there was the Indiana colonel, given Command of the Federal Post of Memphis... [But, without peaking at wikipedea, most of us would be challenged to come up with the name of ANY of those men.] Quiz question: Who was the first Union General to enter Memphis after the Surrender of the City in June 1862? Of interest to us at SDG, because this individual has a Shiloh-connection. Cheers Ozzy A hint: http://civilwarmonths.com/2017/06/06/the-fall-of-memphis/ Memphis Story by Walter Coffey
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  27. One more account

    Thanks for posting Stan. Love seeing the stories with the images.
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