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    Like John Wesley Powell, I have traveled down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon (my trip was a bit more comfortable, I'll bet)

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  1. Name this man.

    No, I am not referring to the double surrender. I am not a devious sort (although some may disagree).
  2. Name this man.

    My turn, then. I commanded a sizable force of Rebel troops at the Battle of Shiloh; I am one of just a few (perhaps the only) Confederate general officer who surrendered (or was surrendered, that is, was a subordinate to the commander who signed the articles of surrender) twice to Union forces. I was born in the .... (well, that would make it even easier). Who am I?
  3. Name this man.

    Could it be Patton Anderson?
  4. Bragg at Corinth

    A Fabian policy is essentially a scorched earth policy - destroying any supplies that might succor an enemy as you fall back and refuse him battle. It was named for Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus, surnamed Cunctator (280 BC - 203 BC). According to the all-knowing Wikipedia The Fabian strategy is a military strategy where pitched battles and frontal assaults are avoided in favor of wearing down an opponent through a war of attrition and indirection. While avoiding decisive battles, the side employing this strategy harasses its enemy through skirmishes to cause attrition, disrupt supply and affect morale. Employment of this strategy implies that the side adopting this strategy believes time is on its side, but it may also be adopted when no feasible alternative strategy can be devised. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabian_strategy
  5. Epic Hike 2018 Suggestions

    It is not a true visit to the Shiloh National Military Park unless one traverses the Dill Branch Ravine.
  6. Epic Hike 2018 Suggestions

    That is indeed the problem. The Epic Hike is an all-day affair, so a hike following the Federal units to the front line would actually be a matter of following one brigade and then backtracking to a different brigade camp, following it into battle, &c, &c, &c - perhaps not the most exciting hike. And the big drawback - there would be no reason to traverse Dill Branch.
  7. Epic Hike 2018 Suggestions

    Some of us Stalwarts were talking among ourselves during the recent 2018 Anniversary hikes, trying to figure out suggestions for topics for Dr Smith's 2018 Epic Hike. One suggestion was to follow the route of Trabue's (mostly) Kentucky Brigade (a suggestion not put forth by your Faithful Correspondent), which could be lengthy, if one starts at the initial position on the Bark Road and follows it to its position in Crescent Field, then bushwhacking across Tilghlman Branch, and closing the encirclement of Prentiss et al. Then to the Indian Mounds, which ended its service on April 6. It spent the night in the camps of the 6th Iowa and 46th Ohio (McDowell's Brigade of the Fifth Division), clear across the Battlefield. Your Faithful Correspondent suggested some sort of an excursion in which the hike would follow the course of the Federal brigades into the fighting on April 6. The basis of this suggestion is that your Faithful Correspondent does not have a grasp of the location of the Federal camps, with the exception of the Fifth and Sixth Division brigade camps. One of the aspects of his recent book which he touts is its treatment of the April 7 actions which is deeper than that of other accounts, so perhaps Dr Smith could put together a hike dealing with the Second Day. He did discuss Lew Wallace's actions on April 7 in the afternoon installment of last year's Epic Hike. but there's a lot more to cover. Does anyone else have any suggestions?
  8. Anniversary Hikes

    Also, you may want to carry some rain gear. The 5th looks to have dry weather, but I am not so sure about the 6th and 7th (one more reason for dry socks). Hope you enjoy Dr Gentsch's hike. I just hope he speaks up - he so soft-spoken. See you Thusday!
  9. Anniversary Hikes

    Water, lunch, and dry socks are highly recommended. You will find no food vending at the Park (with the possible exception of a vending machine or two). The only all day hike this weekend, as far as I know, is Dr Gentsch's hike on the 5th. He likes to bushwhack, and one's footware may quickly become wet, if the morning dew is sodden (I learned the hard way in 2012 - ruined my feet for the remainder of the hikes). I am scheduled to go on Gentsch's Clausewitzian Interpretation hike on April 5, his Operational Account hike on April 6 am, Bjorn Skaptason's Confederate Left hike on April 6 pm, and Professor Gentsch's two hikes on April 7. I will also visit Fallen Timbers with Mr Skaptason on April 8 (I hope - didn't work out so well last year). Bjorn Skaptason likes to bushwhack as well (the description of his April 6 afternoon hike practically screams that he will be bushwhacking). Hope to see you!
  10. Neat account and picture

    According to The History of the Orphan Brigade Edward Porter Thompson, Price C. Newman of Louisville was elected 2nd lieutenant in November, 1861, and was elected captain at the reorganization of May 15, 1862. He participated in all of the major engagements of the Orphan Brigade and died in Louisville on July 30, 1894. (page 802) https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.b4519380;view=1up;seq=1213
  11. One more account

    According to The History of the Orphan Brigade by Edward Porter Thompson, William Pope of Louisville "was severely wounded in battle at Shiloh; suffered amputation of the arm, and died shortly afterward." (page 822) https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.b4519380;view=1up;seq=952
  12. Hello from the mountain state

    Certainly not too late. The accumulation of knowledge is a great asset of this site.
  13. Hello From Kentucky

    In November, under the auspices of this August Group, Dr Tim Smith, a history professor at University of Tennessee - Martin and former Shiloh NMP ranger, will lead his annual Epic Hike with Tim Smith. In 2016, his hike was at Fort Donelson (he released a book on this battle at about that time), and this past year he lead a hike / car caravan following Lew Wallace's march from Crump's landing to the battlefield and the actions of Wallace's Third Division on April 7. I don't have any idea what the topic might be this year. Dr Smith is excellent. The Epic Hike is held on a Saturday. If the battlefield gods are kind, and the hike is in the vicinity of Shiloh, I will lead a Not-So-Epic hike on the day following the Epic Hike, covering the actions of Trabue's Brigade of Breckinridge's Reserve Corps on the First Day of the battle (I just can't quite remember where most of Trabue's regiments came from <wink> <wink>). I don't know of any other hikes which are regularly scheduled, other than the Anniversary Hikes. On November 11, 2017, the same day as the Epic Hike, the Park Service had Dr Jeff Gentsch led a reprise of his April 7, 2017 hike Shiloh and the Civil War in Regards to the First World War: A Comparative Hike (as I recall, the United States declared war on Imperial Germany on April 7, 1917). Since we are observing the Centennial of the World War I, I would not be surprised if the Park Service has him reprise his 2018 anniversary hike Battle of Shiloh: Battlefield Actions of Infantry, Artillery, and Cavalry with Comparisons to the Great War on the Veteran's Day weekend. If you are planning to visit the battlefield, you should get a copy of the Battlefield America: Shiloh map. It is a topographic map showing the location of all of the monuments and tablets. It is available at the Shiloh Bookstore (at the Visitor's Center) or direct from the publisher (www.trailheadgraphics.com). The tablets are particularly important - they were placed by David W. Reed who fought with the 12th Iowa at Shiloh and who was secretary and later chairman of the Shiloh National Military Park Commission and was also its historian. Tim Smith wrote "Whenever there is a question about Shiloh that is not easily answerable, the staff looks to see what the various tablets and monuments on the battlefield say. These markers represent troop movements and were placed on the battlefield at the turn of the century when veterans of the battle were establishing the Shiloh National Military Park. Reed wrote the text for the approximately four hundred iron tablets, and he approved the text for the monuments produced by state commissions. Thus, Reed had his hand in telling the story of Shiloh “in letters of iron” on the battlefield itself. These markers are extremely important today because they offer a connection of both time and space to the veterans themselves and to the units they represent. There is a wealth of specific information on these markers, and anyone performing serious research into Shiloh must use them as a seminal source." The tablets face in the direction which the unit being described was facing at the time depicted and are located at the center of its position. They are considered to be very accurately placed for the most part. The regimental monuments are placed at the location of the unit's most important service during the battle and face in the direction it was facing then. Reed also controlled the placement of the monuments (with one notable exception). You can follow a link on the Shiloh National Military Park website to a non-NPS website which has photographs of the tablets, so you can learn what each says when preparing for your intended park visits. I regret to inform you that there are no Kentucky regimental monuments on the field and that the Kentucky State "monument" is a disgrace to the Commonwealth. On the other hand, Trabue's Brigade has ten tablets.
  14. Hello From Kentucky

    Dr Jeff Gentsch, a military history professor at the University of West Alabama, is leading the hike on the 5th. Many of us enjoy Dr Gentsch, who revels in his outspokenness. I don't know the itinerary but at 12 miles it seems likely that the hike will cover most of the Park. I expect him to go off road and will be very surprised if we don't cross the Dill Branch Ravine.
  15. 156th Battle Anniversary

    I have made alternate arrangements - your barn, and I DID NOT raid your henhouse last year (the eggs were delicious).