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    https://books.google.com/books?id=Dr1ZAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA530&lpg=PA530&dq=prattville+dragoons+at+Shiloh&source=bl&ots=sy80eiZadj&sig=eSoi0M2GOK9ez2SjzXU-UA0DVZ0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj_pdSw6KjbAhWntlkKHeRFCac4ChDoAQg4MAQ#v=onepage&q=prattville dragoons at Shiloh&f=false
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    Michler's Second Map We are all familiar with the work of then-Captain Nathaniel Michler, Topographical Engineer for Major General Don Carlos Buell, who made a copy of Brigadier General Sherman's "mud map" overnight of 6/7 April 1862 for use of Buell and his Army of the Ohio during the attack Monday morning: http://shilohdiscussiongroup.com/topic/1810-shermans-shiloh-map/?tab=comments#comment-12238 But, unknown to many: Captain Michler made a second map, similar to Thom's Corinth Map. But, unlike Thom, Michler left "Pittsburg Landing" attached to the top of his "Line of Operations" map. Of interest, due the following: shows the location of Buell's First headquarters (after Battle of Shiloh) shows locations of next six of Buell's HQs, during May 1862 march to Corinth; presents locations of selected civilian properties along the way to Corinth; Upper Pittsburg Landing is renamed as "Buell's Landing" the Savannah to Hamburg Road is shown, just across the Tennessee River, terminating just across the river from Hamburg. (This road was used by General William Nelson and Colonel Jacob Ammen and their troops in their march south from Savannah, until turning west to slosh through the muddy bottoms towards Pittsburg Landing. Curiosities: where is Snake Creek? Why is no bridge indicated at the Purdy Road crossing ot Owl Creek? Where is Dill Branch (so important to Buell's Experience at Shiloh?) Michler Map of "Buell's Line of Operations to Corinth 1862" on file at Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/resource/g3963h.cw0395000/?r=-1.386,-0.054,3.771,1.576,0 Michler Topographical Sketch
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    Not a Memoir, but... "It is not a grateful task to write the biography of a much hated man..." So begins the Forward to Braxton Bragg: General of the Confederacy by Don Carlos Seitz, Columbia, South Carolina: The State Company (1924). This work is written by a man born in Ohio, who worked in the newspaper industry most of his life, primarily in New York; but perhaps it required a Northerner to write an unbiased biography of "the most hated General in the South." The strengths of this book are these: description of Cadet Braxton Bragg at West Point, with revelation of his character development; summary of Captain Bragg's service during the Mexican War (where he gained nationwide acclaim as artillery officer) brevet-Lieutenant Colonel Bragg between the wars, forced to resume an inferior rank and accomplish mundane tasks; jealous of others (Possibly even Jefferson Davis) who were able to trade on their Mexican War Hero status. Feeling put-upon, Bragg resigned from the peacetime Army and became operator of a sugar plantation in Louisiana (and during his time in Louisiana, interacted with William Tecumseh Sherman and PGT Beauregard) Braxton Bragg almost gleefully joined the Confederate Cause; helped in capture of Baton Rouge Arsenal, but then felt hard-done-by when Beauregard was selected as senior officer from Louisiana; Bragg at Pensacola: the entire progression of affairs at Forts Pickens and Barrancas and the Navy Yard (and the under-realized role of the US Navy, good and bad); Bragg's presence and conduct as Major General during the Pickens Truce, taking advantage of opportunities to strengthen his defences, while crying "Foul!" when the Union attempted the same thing. After the Pickens Truce lapsed, it was General Bragg who ordered one of the first night-time battles of the Civil War (the October 8/9 Action on Santa Rosa Island) Significant personalities who benefited from association with Bragg are discussed: James Chalmers, John K. Jackson, Adley Gladden, Jones Withers, John Villepique, Patton Anderson... But, perhaps the greatest strength of this book rests with the letters, mostly written by Braxton Bragg, which reveal his beliefs, outlooks and aspirations. An incredible number of complete letters, beginning 1849 and continuing through the 1861 - 65 Rebellion, which include official communications to President Jefferson Davis and Secretary of War Judah Benjamin and others; but, potentially the most valuable are letters to Bragg's wife, Eliza (written every three or four days, revealing Bragg's inner thoughts on most everything of importance.) And, as revealed in the letters, "Elisa" would frequently offer advice, and Braxton would discuss her advice in his letter of reply (and often indicate value was found in her suggestions.) If for no other reason than each letter it contains, Braxton Bragg: General is a worthwhile resource. http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015000586084;view=1up;seq=7 Braxton Bragg at HathiTrust Cheers Ozzy
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    Thanks to Mona and Tom for relevant comments, and to Stan for comments and remarkable images... Here are some comments provided by Shiloh participants (Union) who observed the previously-described anomalies: Major Ezra Taylor, Sherman's Chief of Artillery -- "...the enemy appeared in large force in the open field directly in front of the position of [Waterhouse's] battery, bearing aloft, as I supposed, the American flag, and their men and officers wearing uniforms so similar to ours, that I hesitated to open fire on them. I afterwards learned that the uniform jackets worn by these troops were black" [OR 10 page 273]. Colonel Cyrus Hall, 14th Illinois -- "I saw a line of blue uniforms in front; fearing they were our men, I gave the order to cease firing" [OR 10 p.223]. In Papers of US Grant vol.5, page 31, General Grant reported "a [Rebel] brigade dressed in black and with a Union flag..." Lack of proper uniform leads to confusion Ozzy
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    Awesome image! Where did you find that one! Of course the 14th by Shiloh were in blue jackets-- But a great image. Don did Shiloh, if I remember, because people at that time were asking for something Western. He had a hard time finding how Johnston was dressed at Shiloh-- after much research he came with this rendition. The Arkansas troops, their uniforms are based on research done by myself and Jerry Coats of Gettysburg. Jerry dug out the ordnance and clothing records in the National Archives. Using some photos and flag research we put it all together for this painting. Jerry said his Western stuff just did not sell as well as his Eastern Battlefield paintings and prints. Remember when it was all Gettysburg and Antietam 25 years ago!!! Not so much today, but that was the way it was back then. I will fill in the gaps. I did do the research for 10 Western figures for Don.-- Tom
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