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    Shiloh's other Particpants.pdf Jim
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    Ron, I can't help with Tuckers, but I'm intrigued with your last name. I wonder if we're cousins. My grandmother was Winnie Duncan, daughter of Samuel Duncan and granddaughter of Joseph Duncan. She was born on land that's now part of the park and lived there as a child while the park was being built. My other Shiloh ancestors include Hurleys and Strawns. I'd love to hear your family stories to see if that match up with any of mine. You can see some of mine in my Aunt Elsie's diary at www.shilohdiary.wordpress.com. Wordpix John
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    Veering off topic, what the Samhill is the reference? In what sense was Shiloh a sham? I don't want to drive twelve hours (one way) next week to a sham.
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    Bruce and Mona - don't kill Old Abe off so easy. He was alive when Clark Mills made that mask. Put plaster on the Prez's face, let it dry and popped it right off. Straws in the nose so he could breath. Then he used the mold to create a bronze bust. That was approximately January, 1865. There was no death mask made of President Lincoln.
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    Paul, you are correct... The other chain across the Mississippi River was 1000 miles away from Fort Columbus, sited at Fort Jackson. Designed to block the river seventy miles below New Orleans, it was held in place by seven or eight floating hulks; and worked in conjunction with the Lower Forts (Fort St. Philip diagonally across from Fort Jackson) and benefited from fifteen Confederate Navy gunboats providing mobile support (including the ram, Manassas, and ironclad CSS Louisiana.) In all, over 150 guns, and perhaps 2000 men, defended the position. Flag-Officer David Farragut, in command of 16 screw steamers; and Commander David D. Porter (with twenty 13-inch mortars, mounted on sloops) entered the Mississippi from the Gulf of Mexico, and commenced bombardment of the Lower Forts on April 16, 1862. Four days later, the attempt was made to break the barrier chain: in the dead of night, three US Navy steamers (Itasca, Pinola and Kineo) stood upriver... in the process, USS Pinola accidentally rammed into a floating hulk, and stuck fast. Raiding parties put in place two large barrels of gunpowder; and an underwater-demolitions expert put in place a specially modified torpedo. The raiders returned to their ships: but the gunpowder would not explode; and the torpedo refused to take charge from the battery... It appeared the mission was a failure. But in process of backing away, the Pinola (still snagged in the hulk) dragged that wreck, and the chain broke. Farragut ran 13 ships through that break and passed the Lower Forts on the night of April 24th, and took New Orleans soon afterwards. Ozzy Reference: Shiloh was a Sham: the untold story of the iconic Civil War Battle (to be published in April 2016.)
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    Welcome, Ron. Looking forward to your Shiloh/family stories. THE MANASSAS BELLE
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    Welcome to the board, Ron! Glad to have you with us! -Paul
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    Hello Ron Sorry, I have searched through the 1850 and 1860 Federal census and have not seen any information concerning anybody with the Tucker last name other than Pittser and his brothers Thomas and Riley. My search attempts have not been extensive so I will try another lead I have. Results to follow. I have studied the battle in detail for a long time and it finally occurred to me that there were civilians on that battlefield. This sparked a interest in me for the Shiloh Civilians so I have researched the civilian population of that time. It is very interesting to read about them. In total, they have a story to tell. Please, if you have any Shiloh residents history at the time of the battle, can you send me. Nice to have you join the board and look forward to some posts from you, specially if its about the civilians. Ron (yes, I'm Ron also)
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