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C. Rickman

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  1. Hooray! The Park has the coat due to donations and grants from The State of Tennessee, But don't stop now as we still need to get the coat conserved at a cost of $20,000.00. We have it and it will be at Shiloh forever, way to go Friends of Shiloh.
  2. been trying to get on the board for a couple of months, had to create a new account. The old fort war museum sat approx 50 feet west of the split of hwy 142 and 22 approx 150 ft. from Ed Shaw's rest. it sat on the north side of hwy 22. it was built in the 30's by a fellow named Hardin. his widow sold it to Fred Lee along with the relics they had, there were several uniforms and guns, swords, and cannonballs plus orther things that had been picked up on the battlefield by the people of Shiloh. the relics were sold over time and Fred mainly sold beverages and sandwichs in the 50's. Fred Lee was Don Todd's father-in-law, he now runs the book store on the park. the building was simple construction, wood frame with a blockhouse projecting on the corners near the road, these were covered with slabs to give the appearance of an old fort. unfortunately it was built at the close of a peroid of interest in the civil war and by the time the interest returned in the late 60's it was a pool hall. and was destroyed by fire in the 70's.
  3. you are so right John, it was James donnell! I think the photo in Tim's book is mislabeled, I believe that cabin was south of the peach orchard but on the purdy road. as far as I can determine no cabins were rebuilt in that location after the battle.
  4. there are two oak trees which frame the house site viewed from the road.in front of park hq..aerial view is hard to pick them up. next time you are on the park we'll go there. the oak trees frame the cannons in this photo. the house sat exactly where the cannon are. int the late 1800's and early 1900's there was a thriving little community at the landing. there was three stores and numerous houses. Samuel Chambers house was just north of the cedars in the photo. there was a hotel with a restaurant and a photographer shop inside. the photographer was a Donnell(can't remember his first name just now), but most of his family worked on the park including his brother Dixie Donnell. the donnell house sat just south east of Barnes field.
  5. you are correct in your assumptions about angle, the house in the background is the W.C.Meeks house. the cannon barrels and shot was stacked in a north-south direction in front of the cemetery. the only traces of the house that remain are the two large oak trees in the front yard.
  6. maybe one day they can accquire the fallen timbers site. the land on pratt lane and harrison road saw no action except that both armies passed over it at some point in time..the 390 acres on the river on the south side of the park. never saw troops from either side as it was impassable at the time of the battle because of the spring rains and floods. it's almost as though they are ignoring the history and accquiring land just for the pleasure of havimg it. although there was a considerablely large woodland indian village on this land.
  7. the road ran around the knoll where the cemetery is located now, a circle drive if you will. the road to the catfish hotel orginally went off this north drive. if you follow the cemetery wall it was laid up just to the side of this road. I believe the wagons went down the south side of the cemetery and up the north side which is less steep. as a child we could ride our bikes around the old road but even at that stage it was becoming overgrown, part of the road was erased in the rip-rap placement of the seventies.
  8. in the shiloh diary elsie was in a house approx 4 miles from the battlefield. her older sister Middie and three children were in the house in duncan field according to Elsie. The house was destroyed in the battle, and rebuilt afterward. in Elsie's diary she tells of the houses that were built. the house in the photo was built in 1875 by joseph duncan's widow.(to the best of my memory it was 1875)it's in the diary.
  9. Tim has a pretty good photo looking east on the hamburg-purdy road from the rise above the Pa. monument. the magnolia sits where the barn for the horses were, which was later torn down and a garage built. I think the garage was mainly for the fire truck, and a shop as it was approx 150 yards from the supt. residence. the concrete covers the old well.
  10. I'll put in a request for a passport for Jim, can't guarantee anything though!
  11. I wondered why their candles were not getting lit!
  12. new supt. will be a mr. Bundy from little river canyon in alabama. he came up fri. to meet with the employees. a small plane pilot he flew up. from rumors a mature supt. with wisdom.
  13. The local people of this area know if you use an area and make it trail if you will, after a year it begins to wash. after two years it's 6-8 inchs deep, and this is with soft tires. now picture the iron wheels, horse and livestock tracks, there is no way the road was not worn at least 8-15 inchs deep and that is just fact, no guesses or assumptions. as far as the hornet's nest, this becomesm one of the turning points of the battle when these troops would not retreat to the rear as the flanks did. the troops on either side had ravines and defense locations to equal the boys in the nest and they held but a short time. to give the flank units equal kudos with the boys in the nest is unfair to the men who didn't run to the landing. had they retreated at the same time as the flank units the battle would have had a very different outcome.regardless I am convinced that the hornet's nest saved Grant on the first day making it possible for the fresk troops to carry the day monday.
  14. on the first day of the reenactment John and I started a conversation with a doctor who is a reenactor. as we talked about our ancestors he mentioned that he had a diary of a civil war soldier. we agreed to swap data. today I received a cd with two diaries on it will try to get it onto the site as soon as possible. may have to get John to put it on the site.
  15. the guide started out by saying that the road wasn't sunken and that the veterans memory was of being in the ravine that runs behind the nest. then he went on to explain that the road had washed out in the 30 years between the battle and the founding of the park, as though it hadn't washed in the 35 years prior to the battle. then he went on to explain that the hornet's nest wasn't important to the outcome of the battle. Probably the biggest bunch of malarky I have ever heard from someone that should know, can't for the life of me figure out what scam stacy is trying to pull off.
  16. It was great meeting all of you and the 150th was a slambang success. crowned by the lighting of the candles on sat. night as Perry has said it was a very special event.spoke with Tim Smith on sat. about the veterans stories and was pleased that he was ready to give more credence to the veterans and what they said happened. At the hornet's nest hike I could only take about 15 minutes of it and I had to leave. the sad part is that if this trend continues in 10 years the real story of shiloh will be lost and replaced with these assumptions on the part of a few.
  17. Sharon, there was several large furnaces located in the aren between Dover and Nashville with one of the largest at cumberland furnace(which was named for the furnace). southern middle tn. had many furnaces especially in the area between waynesboro and nashville, there was a small guage railroad that ran from this area to nashville. most of the mining and smelting was located along the natchez trace. most of the copper was mined at ducktown in southeastern tn. along the ocoee and hiwasee rivers.
  18. I made a visit to the naval museum in Columbus Ga. this weekend. it is a jewel of a museum , I was very surprised at the quality and amount of displays. they have the hull of the css Jackson which burned down to the waterline but was discovered buried in silt and raised. If you are ever in Ga. make plans to visit this museum. only about 100 miles south west of Atlanta. I also found and purchased the 16 volumn set of" The civil War through the camera" which was published in 1912. great find!
  19. The new film will be shown on NPT nashville channel 8 at 8:00 pm apr 5th. you could watch on your computer.
  20. we have a table at hagy's catfish hotel for 2:00 p.m. sat apr 7th. try to join us for lunch. we have to be at the church at 5:00 p.m. to help put out the candles. everyone that can please join us.
  21. Larry DeBerry opened a small museum at the intersection of hwy. 142 and 22 south yesterday just next to my place. freeman's battery showed up and fired the cannon with Perry Neal and Riley. Larry has a very good display of found artifacts and other goods. it's worth a trip inside. he don't have all of his shells out yet but still an inpressive collection.
  22. Perry. let me assure you that you would take this quilt and embrace it even with dog poo on it!!!!! LOL
  23. you don't need to look at the quilt Perry, I have left enough drool on it for both of us. lol
  24. I have the map of Shiloh, the only problem is it was done in 1917, after some features had changed. but still it is the most accurate map we have. I have gotten back into the maps and deeds and hope to have a map shortly. in the early 1800's they sold and traded land frequently. the map drawn at the time that is the most accurate was drawn by The army of the ohio(Buell's) and is located on plate 14 map 3 of the official military atlas of the civil war.
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