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  1. Ron

    Pittsburg... up close.

    The boat in the middle is the Tigress, Grant's headquarters boat. Ron
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    Thanks for the answer Jim. Don't hurry to catch up with me in age. Slow down and enjoy life. I would enjoy going to Shiloh Park but its not in the cards now. Thanks for the invitation to visit you but can't just now. Tell Mona I said hello. Ron
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    Jim, Thanks very much Jim. Yes, I'm still interested in the local civilians of the time of the battle. I just finished reading a article about this topic last week but reading this article reminded me of how much I have forgot. I really don't like to do that because it was such a effort to accumulate the information the first time. I'm not getting younger. If you can contact the grandson Wicker again, I am interested in talking to him about the family. I appreciate your continued interesting the subject. I'm curious as to is older, you or me. If you are 80 or older, you lose. Did you see my post about the camp of the 16th Wisconsin being moved. During some work on the battlefield after the war, the road was moved to allow a clearer line of sight. Don't remember when this was. I posted it on the group web site. Let me know and I will post it again. I wish it was me that moved to Shiloh instead of you. If you need shoveling snow, don't call me. Thanks Ron
  4. Just received my copy of "Courage and Devotion" from Amazon at good price and no delivery charge. It is a good book, very interesting while giving a good biography of the battery. It mentions about a dozen other artillery batteries. Discussion of other campaigns, battles, casualties and personnel assignment and losses. Author is Bruce R. Kindig, book is from Author House, Bloomington Indiana 47403. The ISBN nbr 978-1-4969-1836-9 and the printer's web site is www.authorhouse.com. Telephone number is 1-800-839-8640. Very good book, I recommend it. It answers many questions such as why did the battery have six officers when only five was authorized? All of the six officers were needed to fill vacancies, Capt. Scott, the battery commander in 1864 had replaced Capt. Bankhead but was now sick. Lt Marsh was wounded, Lt Watson was wounded and taken prisoner, Lt. Peters was absent without leave, and he never returned. Lt. Doscher was also a prisoner at this time. So who is left to command the battery? Nobody! The battery was disbanded on December 9, 1863 on Missionary Ridge. Enjoy reading the book, I did. Ron
  5. Yes Perry, your are right. This road is the Hamburg-Savannah road looking north towards the Snake Creek Bridge (not seen in the picture). Jim, not the Beauregard Road. All you have to do is drive about 3 miles in a NE direction. Mona, Again, very good. I'll say you are exactly right. If you move north on the road about 500 yards and drive a nail into the road, you got it. I hope Perry sent you the grand prize. A point of observation is that the road is very flat with no high or low spots. If this is true, this would mean the road had been improved with a new surface and rolled flat. This road, in the picture, looks very serviceable for use in modern times except for the lack of the Snake Creek Bridge. Its my belief this road was used by the visiting tourists in earlier times. All you got to do is remove the tree trunk. Look close at the picture. I think you will agree that you see a chain under the tree trunk hanging from one side only. If so, this is probably the chain used to close the road in days long gone. Ron (yes, I am still alive and kicking, just late in responding)
  6. Hello Ozzy, I would never question General Robert E Lee on anything except the weather, perhaps. The position of Chief of Artillery in the western confederate army remained vacant until about August when Major James H Hallonquist was promoted to Lt. Col. and appointed as Chief of Artillery. This appointment was at the start of the Kentucky campaign in summer 1862 resulting in the Battle of Perrysville. Actually, his selection for this job proved to be a bad choice. He seemed to concentrate on minor matters and let others try to handle the important affairs of the artillery service. Ron
  7. Sorry Ozzy, These are not the correct answer. One of these officers was a engineering officer and General Hawes was a cavalry officer who was appointed to the position of chief of cavalry. General Hawes did not assume this duty. The other officers mentioned were never considered for the position Chief of Artillery.. Ron
  8. Who was the Chief of Artillery of the Confederate Army of the Mississippi at the time of the Battle of Shiloh? Ron
  9. I'm glad that Mona' answer of the River Road was the road in question. The picture showed a presently unused road what seems to have been used in past times. Mona's answer is correct and that means my answer would have been correct also. Congrats Mona. Ron
  10. Ozzy, To help relieve any possible of confusion by the readers, remember that the army organization established four corps early in the forming of the rebel army. The four corps were Polk's gathering at Jackson and Humboldt with troops at Union City to the north, a gathering at Lexington to watch the Tennessee River banks, Bragg's Corps at Corinth, Iuka and Grand Junction. Detachments were spread through the area, one of which was a small unit at Pittsburg Landing, another at Burnsville Mississippi and others. Bragg's units watched the Tennessee River banks to observe the movements of the federal troops and naval units. There were many smaller confederate units spread through the countryside to observe the enemy, a detachment at Eastport on the river, Cheatham's division was at Purdy and Chalmer's brigade was in the vicinity of Hamburg and Monterey. Mixed in with these infantry units were the detachments of cavalry scouts who were observing the union boats and their movements on the river. During this time, the retreat through central Tennessee was still moving south and then west to Burnsville, Iuka and finally Corinth. These troops were Hardee's troops from Bowling Green KY and Crittenden's troops from Somerset KY, after their defeat at Mill Springs and their retreat from Eastern Kentucky to Nashville. The concentration of the confederate forces came from all directions, each with their own time factors, and supply needs. They had poor transportation when that was available. This concentration took place over two weeks considering that some units had a long march over poor roads and suffered with the bad weather. The rain made for muddy roads that soon deteriorated into horrible mud ruts and the rain water flooded what was left. The full confederation of forces did not occur until later, at different times (days) and units were spread out the country side in a larger radius from Corinth that many are not aware of. In point of fact, when the army marched out of Corinth on April 3rd, some of the units were still not concentrated with the entire army, such as Cheatham's division came from Purdy and Breckinridge's entire Reserve Corps came from Iuka MS and Tuscumbia AL. Polk's Corps still had units moving to Corinth along the railroads but these units did arrive in Corinth to organize into brigades. Small detachments of the Second Corps under Ruggles and later Bragg, were still moving to the main concentration at Corinth. For a better understanding of the movements of the confederate forces, and there were many of varying size, you must consider the time factors, weather including the rain, the condition of the roads and many normal factors of a military factor. Also, remember that General Orders #8 issued by Colonel Thomas Jordan caused confusion among the commanders and delayed their movements. Col. Jordan was guided in writing the march orders by using a copy of Napoleon's orders issued for the Battle of Waterloo. I believe that this last is a example of what not to do. Enjoyed your posts Ron
  11. Ron

    Cavalry Expert

    This position, Chief of Cavalry is difficult to identify who was the army Chief of Cavalry. Difficult because who ever was selected did not last long. Colonel James M Hawes had served as colonel of the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry just before the outbreak of the civil war. Earlier he served a two year tour of duty at the cavalry school in Saumur, France. General Albert Sidney Johnston requested Colonel Hawes' promotion to Brigadier General to fill this position, chief of cavalry. He was appointed to this rank and this command on March 5, 1862. He record as chief of cavalry for the one month he held this command was spotty. After the Battle of Shiloh, he requested assignment to a infantry command. His further service was in Tennessee, in Arkansas and in Mississippi during the Vicksburg campaign. Later he was in command at Galveston Island Texas, where he was at the end of the war. The position of Chief of Cavalry was not filled until later when officers like, Forrest, Wheeler, Wharton, Wirt Adams became available.
  12. All right, All ready, What's the secret or two that Mona spilled the beans on. you brought it up but then left us hanging. I can't get to sleep wondering what they can be. If you don't tell us what they are, I will send my flock of flying bulls direct to your location. Just think how much fun that will b come on Mona, fill us in. Ron. .
  13. Ron

    Zollicoffer's Brigade

    Colonel Winfield S. Statham is the correct spelling of his name. Ron
  14. On my trip to Shiloh about 1999, I wanted to photograph the confederate plaques that had mention of artillery positions. This because I had noticed that the movements of the rebel batteries were hard to follow because of gaps in their narration (positions). A certain plaque was mentioned and I found its position on the Trailhead map, so off We went (wife and me) but sadly, the plaque was missing from its location as was the cannon which had been on display nearby. I thought of calling the park to report it missing but I then thought they already knew about it being missing. So, I did not call to report it missing and I now realize that Mona's post above confirms that they knew it was gone. At that time, the plaque and the cannon were both gone. Oh well, many more cannons and plaques to photograph. My surprise is that a cannon I knew was missing has now been confirmed and a little history of the cannon is given. I enjoyed these above posts. Thanks Ron
  15. Yes, a job well done. Glad it will be back where it belongs. Thanks Paul
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