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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. That last clue narrows the identity down to Nelson Grosvenor Nelson.
  2. We spent some time following the mach of Gladden's Brigade while on the Epic Hike of the 3rd Instant. After capturing Prentiss's camps, the brigade advanced nearly to the Hamburg-Purdy Road. Its position is marked by Tablet 383, which states "These regiments were in position here from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, April 6, 1862 and then advanced to north side of Peach Orchard." (The regiments being the 26th, 25th, 22nd, and 21st Alabama and the 1st Louisiana). In his report, as found in the OR, BG Jones Withers, commanding the divison to which Gladden's Brigade was assigned, wrote that he came upon "Gladden's brigade, formed in square, and under the commandew of Col D. W. Adams, First Louisiana Infacntry - General Gladden having been dangerously, and, as the result unfortunately proved, mortally wounded." Daniel Weisiger Adams, in this report, wrote "at this time I received an order from General Bragg to advance with the brigade,and would have one so immediately, but found that many of the men in the command had nearly exhausted their ammunition." Dr Smith observed that halting to replenish ammunition is frequently a euphemism for being disorganized and needing to reform and noted that the brigade must have been in pretty bad shape since it "was replenishing ammunition" for six hourrs. He also wondered if the brigade was formed in a square or if its constituent regiments were so formed. I suspect the latter; while I am not a expert on Civil War drill, my hypothesis is that forming a brigade square was not a specified formation. I was hoping that LIberty Independence Nixon's diary would shed some light on what happened at Tablet 383, but unfortunately it ends with the capture of Prentiss's camps.
  3. Mona, Mark Weber, who came down to the 2014 Epic Hike (Chalmers' Brigade) with me, will be attending the 2018 Epic Hike. Please consider this message to be his reservation / meal ticket. I hope that I already have a reservation / meal ticket.
  4. I plan to attend. Since I don't want to spend essentially twenty-four hours round trip on the road for a one-day hike, I will lead a Not-So-Epic hike on Sunday, November 4, following the route of Trabue's Kentucky Brigade (with hint of Alabama in keeping with the theme of the Epic Hike) on the First Day, conditions permitting. Let's meet at Tour Stop 13 (Water Oaks Pond). We'll head over to Tablet 448 and then find our way to the junction of the Hamburg - Savannah and Corinth-Pittsburg Roads, where Trabue's Brigade closed the encirclement of the Hornet's Nest. Depending on our energy, we can then head over to the Indian Mounds where the Brigade came under fire of the gunboats on the evening of April 6 or head back to Tour Stop 13. We will be bushwacking in the upper reaches of Tilghman Branch. If we head back to Tour Stop 13, the distance is about two to three miles. Going to the Indian Mounds would add another couple of miles (or almost so). Alternatively, we could stage vehicles there and shuttle survivors of the hike back to Water Oaks Pond. No reservations are necessary, although I would like an indication of interest when we assemble for the Epic Hike.
  5. Bjorn Skaptason's Hike on Veatch's Brigade and
  6. The Confederate dead numbered 1728, if I am to believe my Battlefield America map [and is the number given by David W Reed (pbuhn)]. Do we really think that 700 of them fell in the assault upon the Sixth Division? (OK, I know that someone will claim that the 16th Wisconsin killed them all.)
  7. Over on the Shiloh Discussion Facebook page, we had a recent announcement - I am not sure why it wasn't shared here. https://www.facebook.com/events/271131020312173/ Our annual Shiloh adventure with historian, author, and former Shiloh park ranger, Tim Smith. This year's hike will focus on the Confederate army's Alabama troops.Price: $30 per person. Pay on the day of the hike, prior to starting. (Failure to pay could possibly result in a situation known as "lost in an unknown ravine.")Probable starting/ending point: Ed Shaw's, just south of the park at the intersection of state highways 22 & 142. (We'll firm this up well before the hike.) Lunch (included): Sandwiches, drinks, and snacks, courtesy of long-time SDG member Mona Henson. (Be sure to thank her. She always more than earns it.) Bonus treats: Cookies and snickerdoodles! Courtesy of SDG member Jeani Cantrell. (Ditto on the earned thank-yous.) Lunch location: Visitor's Center area. Usually lasts around an hour. (Side-note: Please do not get between the SDG admin and the snickerdoodles. He's reportedly a little weird about this.) Hike Summary: We'll be following in the footsteps of Alabama's soldiers, and learn about their various experiences in this turning-point battle that would define the rest of the Civil War.We'll start at the south end of the park and work our way east and north, before crossing Dill Branch and heading toward the snickerdoodles....or rather, toward lunch. Then off across Tilghman Branch and the west side of the battlefield, before turning back to the south and our starting point.(Note - See the Discussion tab above for a map and written outline of our route through the park.)We'll be covering the better part of the park, and will be off the paved roads most of the time. If the idea of seeing and experiencing areas of the park most people will never see appeals to you, this is an excellent way to do so with some like-minded folks. Terrain will range from easy to "You can't be serious!" Sturdy footwear is strongly recommend. We'll be crossing over some very uneven ground, through the woods, across creeks and ravines, including Tilghman Branch, as well as the terrifying legend itself, Dill Branch Ravine. (Exaggerating for effect. Mostly. ) Going on past hikes, we should likely finish up somewhere between 4 p.m. & 6 p.m. We've had one hike end about 4:00, and two that finished with flashlights. But they were fun. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone in November, and I hope you decide to join us. We always have a good time, learn something new that heightens our understanding, and Tim never fails to do an excellent job. This year will certainly be no different. Hope to see you there.
  8. How reliable are photographs for identifying firearms? I agree that if one has a photograph in the field then it should be reliable (but rare, especially in the Spring of 1862). My impression is that of the studio photographs used the photographer's "props" in the pictures. If a field studio was being used, then I suppose that a soldier might be allowed to take his weapon to it, but I doubt that he would be allowed to take his weapon into town to a "formal" studio. I am not trying to discredit your work, which is very exciting, but am wondering how you address this issue.
  9. I just spent the day at the Gettysburg battlefield which is about 3-1/2 hours from my domicile. I was amazed how poorly interpreted the battlefield is. A brigade will have one War Department tablet which summarizes its actions over the three days of the battle and possibly also what it did on July 4. The regimental monuments placed sort of where they should be. The interpretation from the tablets and monuments at Gettysburg is extremely lacking, especially when contrasted with the Shiloh battlefield. Major Reed did a good job with his placements of the War Department tablets and his control of the placement of the monuments. I am under the impression that the Gettysburg battlefield, at least in its beginning, was somewhat of a spontaneous creation, lacking the firm guidance of a Reed or Boynton (Chickamauga), and it shows. This trip to Gettysburg was my first in twenty years. Now I realize why I visit it every twenty years while visiting the Shiloh National Military Park, which is about a twelve-hour drive, at least once a year.
  10. Transylvania

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    I was unable to place McClernand there, so I appreciate the clarification. I thought that perhaps he was one of the congressmen who went out to watch the battle. Knowing that Sherman commanded a brigade at First Manassas, my initial thought, back when you posed the question, was that battle, but I said to myself, "Self, there is no way that Alexander McDowell McCook and Rodney Mason were there." When you gave the hint of July, 1861, then the answer became pretty obvious, and a quick check of the Order of Battle found that McCook commanded the First Ohio and Mason commanded the Second Ohio in Schenk's Brigade. James Barnet Fry served as chief of staff to Irvin McDowell.
  11. It is my impression, also, that drones were prohibited without permission. It seems to me that drone photography could be very useful when preparing a talk on the battle.
  12. Transylvania

    We Meet Again

    They were all present at the Battle of First Manassas.
  13. No, I am not referring to the double surrender. I am not a devious sort (although some may disagree).
  14. 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?
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