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  2. Epic Trek 2017: Update

    Mike, which hotel . . . if you don't mind me asking.
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  4. West Point at Shiloh

    Here is a test of your knowledge of West Point alumni present at Battle of Shiloh: Who were the three highest-ranked graduates in their USMA Class, present at Shiloh? (Hint: it wasn't U.S. Grant, ranked 21st in USMA Class of 1843; and it wasn't William Tecumseh Sherman, ranked 6th in his USMA Class of 1840... but these three graduates were ranked one, two and three in their respective USMA classes.) Which two U. S. Military Academy graduates, present at Shiloh, wrote books prior to Battle of Shiloh on military tactics, or military procedures? Name five of the six Military Academy graduates, present at Shiloh, who served as instructors, Superintendent, or Commandant of Cadets at West Point. (Hint: although George H. Thomas served as Instructor of Cavalry Tactics at West Point, he arrived too late to take part in Battle of Shiloh.) Which Federal officer at Shiloh graduated from the same USMA Class as Leonidas Polk? Who was the youngest West Point alumnus at Shiloh (Class of 1861, but resigned before graduation to join the Confederacy)? Which institution of higher learning had more alumni present at Pittsburg Landing/Crump's/Savannah on 6-7 April 1862: West Point ? or Upper Iowa University ? All the best Ozzy Another hint: all answers can be found through reference http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Gazetteer/Places/America/United_States/Army/USMA/Cullums_Register/ and following the cues.
  5. Epic Trek 2017: Update

    You all have fun! -Paul
  6. My New Book

    Perry, thank you so much. The contest ends on the 29th, so folks have a few more days to vote for their favorite pic. Also, I'm still looking for early readers, those who will read for free and leave a review on Amazon when the book releases, if anyone is interested.
  7. My New Book

    I was able to include a link to your Facebook page in your original post. Best of luck to you with your new book. Perry
  8. Epic Trek 2017: Update

    Got all of you marked down, so thanks. Look forward to seeing you in November. Also, if anyone else is having problems getting a hotel room near the park or looking for an alternative, you might look into AirBnB as an option, if you don't mind staying in a private residence. There were several options available near both Savannah and Corinth last time I checked, although it's been a little while now. The price ranges were also pretty varied, ranging from not bad to I don't think so. Perry
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  10. My New Book

    Ozzy, thank you. I hope the descriptions about the battlefield are clear and authentic, but I'll have to wait until someone reads it to know for sure. If anyone on this forum would be interested, I am looking for early readers, those who read the book for free and post a review on Amazon. Also, here is the actual link to the Facebook page facebook.com/OldTimeChristianAuthor/
  11. "They also serve, who stand and wait..."

    Rbn3 Well done on providing the correct answer, and furnishing one of the possible Bonus Answers! There is more to this cavalry regiment than meets the eye... and I first encountered mention of Curtis Horse and the 5th Iowa Cavalry when researching Shiloh prisoners and their experience in Southern prisons (one day, Captain William Haw of Company F marched inside Montgomery Cotton Shed Prison at the head of a line of soldiers from Curtis Horse, having all been captured in a skirmish at Lockridge's Mill, Tennessee on May 5th 1862.) So, the natural question: who did Curtis Horse belong to? Named for General Samuel Curtis, the cavalry regiment was ordered into existence on 20 December 1861, courtesy of Special Orders No. 70 and No.74, which assigned the organization to the Department of the Missouri (Henry Halleck) to carry out special instructions from the Secretary of War. W.W. Lowe (until this assignment, a Captain in the regular U.S. Army) was appointed Colonel; and M.T. Patrick assigned as Lieutenant-Colonel. And for the most part, Curtis Horse was cobbled together from pre-existing Cavalry Companies that had been organized in Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Minnesota; brought together on 4 January 1862 at Benton Barracks, and shortly afterwards, assigned to report directly to General U. S. Grant. During the Siege of Fort Donelson -- as Rbn3 mentioned -- one hundred men from the 5th Iowa Cavalry were tasked with destroying the railroad bridge on the Tennessee River, up stream from Fort Henry (and previously "disabled" by the U.S. Navy) in order to prevent any possibility of forces from Fort Columbus coming to the rescue of the Confederates at Fort Donelson. On March 11th, Curtis Horse was sent by General Grant to Paris Tennessee to "disrupt conscription under State-authority taking place in vicinity." There were shots exchanged; and several members of Curtis Horse listed afterwards as "Missing." The Federal cavalry, having achieved the goal of the raid, withdrew to the east, and set up camp in vicinity of Paris Landing (called Camp Lowe.) On 27 March 1862, General Grant ordered Companies C, I and M to Savannah, where that battalion reported March 29th. For the next several weeks, this force belonging to Curtis Horse helped secure the Post of Savannah; and put through the telegraph line from Savannah to Waynesboro (which completed the line from Nashville to Savannah. On March 31st, in accordance with verbal orders, seventy-five mounted troopers belonging to Curtis Horse set out from Camp Lowe in the direction of Paris (terminus of the Memphis, Clarksville & Louisville Railroad.) On the same day, Colonel Napoleon B. Buford (attached to the Island No.10 operation) launched a raid involving infantry and artillery into Union City (a significant station on the Mobile & Ohio Railroad, fifty miles west of Paris.) Colonel Buford destroyed stores belonging to Confederates at Union City, drove Rebel defenders away, and safely withdrew to his transports at Hickman, Kentucky. The Expedition of Curtis Horse, under command of Captain William Haw, conducted a reconnaissance of properties along the way to Paris; raised the Stars and Stripes over the Courthouse at Paris; and continued west towards Humboldt, before looping back through Coynesville; and returned to Camp Lowe on April 2nd. Credit was accorded this Expedition for "disrupting the third attempt at conscripting soldiers in vicinity of Paris." Presented as proof that General Grant had more on his plate than Savannah, Pittsburg Landing, and Crump's Landing; cutting the rail line east of Corinth and (perhaps) cutting the Mobile & Ohio; waiting for Buell; trying to neutralize the "Rebel gunboat threat;" maintaining control of Forts Heiman, Henry and Donelson... and dealing with Henry Halleck. Ozzy References: OR 10 pages 79 - 83. http://iagenweb.org/civilwar/books/logan/mil605.htm Guy Logan's History of the 5th Iowa Cavalry http://www.scriptoriumnovum.com/c.html 5th Iowa Cavalry (Curtis Horse): rosters and history.
  12. My New Book

    SJ Wells Congratulations on completing your latest work! No easy feat, to remain focused and exercise self discipline required to finish a work, once begun, that may require years to bring to fruition. All the best Ozzy
  13. "They also serve, who stand and wait..."

    Fifth Iowa Cavalry Volunteers (Curtis Horse was recruited from Nebraska) 1) February 15, by order of Gen. Grant, Lt Col Patrick and Capt West, Von Minden and Haw, with 100 men, marched up Tennesee River and destroyed the bridge of the Memphis and Ohio, thus preventing reinforcements of rebels coming from Memphis to Ft. Donelson. 2) March 11, 1862, Battle of Paris, Tennesee. 1)
  14. My New Book

    I guess that link didn't work. So, here's the back cover info about the book which is called "His Yankee Wife." Battle scarred in body and soul, Rae Wilkins comes home to keep a promise to her best friend, despite her hometown’s long memory concerning her past mistakes. Discovering a book written about her ancestors who fought in the Civil War Rae reads about Rachel, a Yankee left behind in the South when her husband enlists in the Union Army. Struggling to understand her place in God’s kingdom, Rachel’s faith and loyalty are put to the test when she follows her husband to the battlefield. Caught between the sins of the past and the hope of the future, Rae and Rachel must draw their own battle lines and learn the true meaning of forgiveness.
  15. My New Book

    Hello all. I joined this forum over a year ago to learn what I could about the battle at Shiloh for a fiction book I was writing. Well, the book is finished, thanks to everyone who gave me their valuable time, and I am ready to publish it. There is a launch page at facebook.com/oldtimechristian/. if you would like to check it out. The battle doesn't take place until around chapter 18 of the book, but I could not have written that part without you all. Publication is in a few weeks. Thanks again for allowing me to be a small part of this group. If for some reason the link doesn't work, you can find me on face book as SJWellsAuthor Admin note - here is the working link to the Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/OldTimeChristianAuthor/
  16. We're all familiar with Federal units that were "off the grid" -- not directly involved with the Battle of Shiloh. Some were "on their way" (such as George Thomas' 1st Division, Army of the Ohio); others were guarding the Post of Savannah (53rd Illinois and 53rd Indiana... and for a while, the 14th Wisconsin Infantry); and others were further afield (such as the 31st Illinois, acting as garrison for Federal-controlled Fort Donelson.) But, what about the Cavalry organization most often referred to as "Curtis Horse" ? Although not at Pittsburg Landing, this unit was assigned directly to Major General Grant, and performed a useful role during the Siege of Fort Donelson; and was involved in significant operations during build up of force in vicinity of Crump's and Pittsburg Landing. Name the State affiliation and number of this Cavalry organization. Ozzy Bonus: 1) What was the significant mission accomplished prior to surrender of Fort Donelson? 2) Name a date and location (prior to Shiloh) that any of the three significant operations involving Curtis Horse occurred? (Someone clever can list all three.)
  17. Epic Trek 2017: Update

    Count me in (1). Tim
  18. Hi from Chattanooga

    thanks - I'm sure I will be picking your collective brains. I am already chasing down some leads from earlier posts that mentioned the 3d Iowa and ordered a couple more books. The depth of knowledge on this site is impressive. I visited Shiloh with my dad a few years ago (along with Hatchie's Bridge and Corinth), when he was back here for a visit, but it was before I had gotten into the book and we did not have much time. I plan on coming back across the state for a closer look. I hope to be able to do the hike in November. Tim
  19. Hi from Chattanooga

    Welcome to the group!
  20. Epic Trek 2017: Update

    I will attend. Mark.
  21. Epic Trek 2017: Update

    Put me down for two. Steve and Amy.
  22. Hi from Chattanooga

    Tim, welcome to Shiloh Discussion Group; and wishing you every success with completing and publishing your Father's work. The 3rd Iowa had a proud history, and made a substantial contribution to General Prentiss's stand in the Hornet's Nest at Shiloh (maintaining the northeast end of Prentiss's line, after General Hurlbut departed.) And later, in July 1863, obeyed orders but suffered mightily in assaulting the Confederate left at Jackson -- to this day, unknown whether General Ord was "punishing" Jacob Lauman; or if General Lauman merely misunderstood his orders from Ord. But, there is a lot interesting about the 3rd Iowa's Civil War experience, from its "unofficial" organization at Davenport in April/May 1861, to its muster out in July 1865. All the best Ozzy N.B. I know you are familiar with these references, but am posting them for benefit of others interested in the 3rd Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment: http://iagenweb.org/civilwar/regiment/infantry/03rd/history.htm History of 3rd Iowa Infantry http://iagenweb.org/civilwar/regiment/infantry/03rd/co-go.htm Roster of 3rd Iowa Infantry http://andspeakingofwhich.blogspot.com.au/2013/07/the-siege-of-jackson.html "That incident" at Jackson, Mississippi in July 1863.
  23. Hi from Chattanooga

    Thanks for adding me to your group. I have been interested in the civil war since we moved to SE TN when I was a kid (long ago). The cheapest places that my folks to take us kids were the battlefields and museums. But I had not studied in depth until recently. My father, Adrian Jeffers, has been working on a book about the Iowa 3d Infantry Reg for about 20 years. His connection is that his great uncle Samuel Jeffers served with that unit, and was killed at Jackson. My dad's memory is suffering of late, which has prevented him from finalizing the book, and he asked me to edit it and prepare it for publication. I had no idea what I would find as I dug into his manuscript. It is a compilation of many journals, diaries, letters, newspaper articles etc written by the soldiers in the unit (including S Thompson's Recollections With the Third Iowa Regiment), along with citings of Official Records etc. Anyway, I found myself becoming captivated and intimately connected with these guys, and overwhelmed with the task of pulling this together. Dad's eyes well up with tears as he tells me his desire to keep their story alive. So now I am going thru his book, checking his sources, reading other related works, listening to podcasts, checking websites, hunting photos, etc trying to do justice to his magnum opus. I really hope I can get it together while he can read it. Tim
  24. Epic Trek 2017: Update

    you know what i mean...i dont think you can have adult beverages there. i can get you a can of tuna
  25. Epic Trek 2017: Update

    Mona, "special lunch needs" Lobster? King crab legs? Beer?
  26. Savannah to Pittsburg Landing

    Was looking at the above map drawn by Atwell Thompson in 1901, and compared it to modern Google map (Savannah Tennessee)... and could not get the two maps to reconcile. So, uncovered this 1888 Map of Hardin County: (Library of Congress: Tennessee County Maps) There is a road on the above 1888 map that ran from Savannah direct to the riverbank across from Hamburg. And it is the same road (shown as a short segment) running SSW in the 1901 Thompson Map, indicated in Jacob Ammen's narrative as "running atop a ridge about three miles." Today, the line of the road appears to be utilized by power transmission cables running south from Savannah to vicinity of Pickwick Dam; and for anyone wanting to drive the route taken by General "Bull" Nelson's Division, the nearest road is Route 128 (Pickwick Street.) Followed about three miles south of Savannah, to the intersection with Diamond Island Drive, and turn right, and proceed one mile. At the intersection with Musseler's Lane, continue straight ahead onto 1st Pittsburg Drive for 1 1/2 mile to the crossing over Mud Creek. I believe the "sturdy bridge" mentioned by Jacob Ammen in his narrative was in this vicinity. 1st Pittsburg Drive continues a further 2 1/2 or three miles to the field (to the right of the road, near intersection with Cross Pond Road) where Ammen's men climbed out of the swamp onto dry ground bordering the Tennessee River (across from present-day Hagy's Catfish Hotel.) From that field, steamers transported Jacob Ammen's muddy, bedraggled men to Pittsburg Landing. [For information only: dirt and gravel roads may only be suitable for 4WD vehicles, especially during rain.] Ozzy Google Map (Savannah Tennessee): http://www.google.com.au/maps/place/Savannah,+TN+38372,+USA/@35.1687155,-88.2999804,5526m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x887c549da1ad3161:0xbcfa0a9f67ab8c53!8m2!3d35.2248034!4d-88.2492037
  27. Epic Trek 2017: Update

    i know its 2 months from now...but if any hikers have any special lunch needs let me know...
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