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YEKCIM

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  1. My photos from this past weekend's Epic Trek are HERE if anyone is interested. Great time of hiking, learning, and fellowship.
  2. That means a 70% chance of no rain! Rain or shine, it will be an awesome day. Can't wait for Saturday!!!
  3. A couple of thoughts, neither of which may be applicable for 2018: 1. Something Vicksburg-related, since Dr. Tim is working on Vicksburg-related books. 2. A "(fill in state name) at Shiloh" series, visiting some of the more notable actions of regiments from several of the states represented at Shiloh. My thought that this could be an ongoing series, with each year's hike covering regiments from a particular state.
  4. Tim, those maps are outstanding and very helpful to get a better handle on exactly where we were Saturday. Thanks so much for making them available to the rest of us Trekkers!
  5. There is also a Hampton Inn at Pickwick State Park, which is about 12 miles from Shiloh.
  6. Two, three, or possibly four, coming from The Alabama Brigade. Can't wait!
  7. Pretty close, Perry. I think I like your shot better than mine.
  8. Ozzy, the photo you are referring to is the 14th Missouri camp tablet. It is located just off Hwy 22, directly across from the main entrance to the park. Interestingly, the Shiloh Monument Locator website apparently has no record of the 14th Missouri camp marker - at least I could not find it. The only Missouri Infantry units shown are the 13th, 18th, 21st, 23rd, 25th, and 28th (Federal > Missouri > Infantry > Unit).
  9. Thanks, Ozzy, for your kind words. I could not find a marker for the 14th WI camp but the April 7th tablets for that unit indicate that they were engaged in the area of the Eastern Corinth Road. If you've not used it, THIS is an excellent resource for identifying tablets, monuments, etc, and include exact GPS coordinates.
  10. Mona, I have a Nikon D300 and used both a Nikon 70-200 f2.8 VR2 and a Tamron 28-75 f2.8 zoom lenses. I have other lenses but these are the two I used for these photos.
  11. I made a day trip to Shiloh this past Saturday to do a little photography. Photos are HERE if anyone is interested. ~Ed
  12. I grew up reading the American Heritage / Catton book from my dad's extensive collection. The text, photos, and illustrations were my primary point of reference in those early years (1960s).
  13. Wow! Thanks for the update, Mona. I will give it another try.
  14. Just called Dover Inn and was told that they will not be taking reservations for November until mid-August.
  15. Ditto everything that Perry and Michele said. I've learned more about Shiloh by participating in the past two years' hikes than in the previous half-century's visits, many of which were hikes with my dad back in the 1970s. If you've never gone on one of Tim's battlefield adventures, you are missing an incredible experience. 2015 EPIC TREK PHOTOS
  16. YEKCIM

    Why Shiloh Matters

    How might the Civil War have been different without Grant's and Sherman's leadership? Therein lies a great deal of "why Shiloh matters". Had Johnston's army prevailed, Grant and Sherman, even if they had survived the battle and escaped capture, would surely be minor footnotes in the history of the war.
  17. Really like the history-of-the-park, artillery, and photography ideas. I wonder if the themes of artillery and photography could be combined into one hike. Something I learned from having hiked the Boy Scout artillery trails in years past is that there was a wide variety of artillery used at Shiloh, particularly on the Confederate side. It might be interesting to discuss the different types, what types of rounds might be used in different situations, and so on, while visiting examples of the different rifled and smoothbore pieces and to visit those places where artillery was decisive (I'm thinking of Grant's Last Line and Ruggles Battery, primarily). Battlefield photography very often includes a cannon or two, and an artillery-focused (pardon the pun) hike would be a good opportunity to improve our skills.
  18. Very nice, Michele. Thanks for sharing!
  19. Had an *incredible* day of hiking, learning, and making new friends with Tim Smith and the "SDG Gang". It was my first such adventure, although not my first Shiloh visit, by any means. Already making plans for next year! I normally bring a little better camera gear to the park but, after reading Perry's dire warnings about the terrain we were to cover (and he wasn't kidding!), I decided to just live with the limitations of smartphone photography to keep weight to a minimum. At any rate, following are a few representative photos from the day's travels and a link to the full gallery: All Photos Here: http://melissaewertzphotography.smugmug.com/Ed-Wertz-Associate/Shiloh-Epic-Trek-2014
  20. I've cleared with the Big Boss (wife-of-me) and submitted payment this morning. See you guys in November.
  21. Might be of interest: http://www.hscl.cr.nps.gov/insidenps/summary.asp
  22. Thanks for making the video available, Tony. I watched the whole thing in flip-flops and was none the worse for wear at the conclusion! ~Ed
  23. I had some of the same thoughts about the photos representing a much better representation of how the battlefield must have looked at the time of the battle. The Sherman photo is an excellent example of that, and I wonder if the Park staff could make use of these images to help return certain areas (like the Sherman/Shiloh church area) to a more accurate appearance. I also wonder how much better the original images are than the low-res versions available on this site and what the fee and usage restrictions would be. Perhaps, in the interest of education, they might be made available to the NPS or even the SDG...? Lastly, Kern was clearly a well-traveled dude, especially for his day, and the collection includes a number of different battlefields, including Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Antietam, Chickamauga, and Bull Run. I have not had time to search the collection extensively, but a cursory look indicates that there are a LOT of images from major CW sites contained in his collection. Will give me something to do in my "spare" time... ~Ed
  24. http://daytonhistory.pastperfect-online.com/34465cgi/mweb.exe?request=ks Type "shiloh" in the search text box and click SEARCH button.
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