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  1. I know the 8th had an eagle. A replica of it is in the Assembly chambers in Madison, WI. Jim
  2. Actually, Belle, I'm 1/2 Irish (my mother's parents were from Ireland) and 1/2 Cornish (Dad's parents from St. Claire, County Cornwall). 100% Celtic and only a second generation American. Three generations have served in the US military (Grandpa in the CW, my dad in the Army in the 1920's and me in the USAF in the 70's) , so we're assimilating. I will admit your avatar reminds me of an old drinking buddy. Jim
  3. Very interesting. Thanks. Jim
  4. On Ranger Spearman's April 4 walk, he showed the group a monument, across the road from the eagle's nest, that contains the name of someone who survived the battle. It is the only one at Shiloh that names a person who didn't die in the battle. Jim
  5. Belle: "I know some public places frown on tripods as a matter of safety." If you'll notice, the dapper gent in your avatar is carrying a cleverly camouflaged tripod, which I've been using as a steadying balance for years: Jim
  6. Ozzy, "Lew Wallace makes reference in his 1903 Address to 'absence of the commander required five Federal Division Officers on the Field to offer assistance, and request support from one another." Actually, Grant had put Sherman in charge, but the arrival of McClernand would have made him senior, so Grant was planning on moving to Pittsburg Landing and take charge. At the battle's beginning, McClernand would have been in command until Grant's arrival. It is also common to request support from nearby units during battle instead of going through the chain of command due to the immediacy of the situation. Jim
  7. I just watched a show on PBS's Nova called Nazi Attack on America. It contained the following info (from http://uboat.net/allies/merchants/1981.html) : Robert E. Lee American Steam passenger ship Courtesy of the Mariners Museum, Newport News, VA Name Robert E. Lee Type: Steam passenger ship Tonnage 5,184 tons Completed 1924 - Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co, Newport News VA Owner Eastern SS Co, Boston MA Homeport New York Date of attack 30 Jul 1942 Nationality: American Fate Sunk by U-166 (Hans-Günther Kuhlmann) Position 28° 40'N, 88° 42'W - Grid DA 69 Complement 404 (25 dead and 379 survivors). Convoy TAW-7 (dispersed) Route Port of Spain, Trinidad (21 Jul) - Tampa - New Orleans Cargo Passengers and 47 tons of general cargo and personal effects History Completed in January 1925 Notes on event At 22.30 hours on 30 Jul 1942 the Robert E. Lee (Master William C. Heath) was hit by one torpedo from U-166, steaming at 16 knots about 25 miles southeast of the entrance to the Mississippi River. Lookouts had spotted the torpedo wake about 200 yards away before it struck just aft of the engine room. The explosion destroyed the #3 hold, vented through the B and C decks and wrecked the engines, the radio compartment and the steering gear. The vessel had been bound for Tampa, but no pilot was available so she was diverted to New Orleans under escort by USS PC-566 which now began dropping depth charges at a sonar contact, sinking the U-boat. The badly damaged Robert E. Lee first listed to port then to starboard and finally sank by the stern about 15 minutes after the torpedo hit. One officer, nine crewmen and 15 passengers were lost. The survivors of the eight officers, 122 crewmen, six armed guards (the ship was armed with one 3in gun) and 268 passengers on board abandoned ship in six lifeboats, eight rafts and five floats and were soon picked up by USS PC-566, USS SC-519 and the tug Underwriter and landed in Venice, Louisiana. The passengers aboard the Robert E. Lee were mostly survivors of previously torpedoed ships on their way to the USA. Among the rescued were all 39 men from the Andrea Brøvig, 32 men from the Høegh Giant and 44 men from the Stanvac Palembang, while one man from the latter died in the sinking. On board We have details of 346 people who were on board The U-166 was the only U-boat sunk in the Gulf. Jim
  8. I absolutely love the fact that I'm constantly learning new things about Shiloh from someone who lives down under! Keep up the good work Oz! Jim
  9. After spending Friday touring Brice's Crossroad with Steve Cantrell, I felt it best to take a down day and spent Saturday afternoon on the veranda finishing Tom's book. Knowing little about this campaign, I read it for pure enjoyment. As usual, Tom's style is smooth and easy to follow. I've always enjoyed finding the story behind the title of books and this one was no exception. When I mentioned to Tom that I thought his title fit perfectly, he said he felt so too. Tom said the book might be a better seller with a title of The Battle of Tupelo, but he liked this better. After some thought on the subject, I've come to the conclusion that a title of The Battle of Tupelo would be misleading as this book is about the whole campaign, not just Tupelo/Harrisburg. It also fits the whole campaign to a T. I also love the chapter A Second Battle and am coming to the conclusion that a lot of in depth studies on history could use such a chapter. Kudos Chief. Next year I plan to read it with a more critical eye with a view to visit the battlegrounds. Jim
  10. Speaking of ending up in strange places. Sometimes the signs they put up can be confusing: Fortunately, I live by the motto: If confusion is present, do as you wish and just act confused if you get caught! Jim
  11. There were no Ohio regiments in Prentiss' Sixth Div. Gladden's Brigade, along with Shaver's Brigade, were the ones who attacked the Sixth Division early on April 6th. The 21st AL was on the right, so I doubt it was the 16th WI they fought. I checked the WI roster and there is no John Burns. Jim
  12. "Then, again, there are those soldiers who did not make it easy for future generations to identify them in photographs by not adorning themselves with such things. And so it goes......" It can often be a challenge to find rank on Grant's uniform in his pictures. Jim
  13. Illustrators and photographers were at a premium in the Western Theater during the early part of the war. Jim
  14. WI16thJim

    Short trip

    Your welcome back anytime, just leave the rain to home. We've had more than our fair share. Jim
  15. Ozzy, if I had it all to do over again, I'd do it again! Can't wait for the 200th. Hope they get that cloning thing worked out soon! Jim
  16. Laura, just do as I do. If you believe the picture is of your ancestor, research the bedevil out of it to find all the info you can. Then, if you still believe it to be an ancestor, declare it so and challenge everyone to prove you wrong. You can't go wrong. Either someone digs the evidence up you need or you blissfully go on semi-believing it is. Jim
  17. I've just returned home from my fifth 150th Battlefield Anniversary celebration. It was great, but to paraphrase Chief Joesph "I will 150th no more forever"! Jim
  18. I've heard the Union soldiers got their fair share. Jim
  19. Too much hair. I hear Wrap was born bald! Jim
  20. From the secondwi web site: http://www.secondwi.com/wisconsinregiments/14th.htm Taking part in the operations against Mobile, they left New Orleans On the 12th of March, and proceeded to Dauphin Island, in Mobile Bay, and debarked eight miles up Fish River, on the west side of the bay. On the 25th, the army, under General Canby, marched from Fish River and on the 27th, invested Spanish Fort, the division to which the Fourteenth belonged, having the advance. From this time, the Fourteenth was constantly engaged as skirmishers and sharpshooters, until the surrender of Spanish Fort, and the evacuation of Mobile, sustaining considerable loss. Jim
  21. Thought I'd take a drive to the park. Musta taken a wrong turn at Albuquerque! Jim
  22. The reason it is believed the eaglets have landed is that the eagles have been observed bringing in food. An alternate explanation may be that one eagle is bringing food to the other eagle sitting on the eggs. I've seen this on some eagle cams. Jim
  23. As a back up plan, if inclement weather interferes with all y'all's plans, I'd be willing to give a tour of the local watering holes! Speaking of tours, the Park is finalizing plans for a tour guide program. The test is free. I'm thinking of taking it when it's available just to see how much I don't know about the battle. I'm just guessing, but I'll bet there's not a lot on the 16th WI. Jim
  24. Talking to the locals, they say that Dill Branch was at least this flooded during the battle. Jim
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