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  1. Transylvania

    Nixon at Shiloh

    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.
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    Epic Trek with Tim 2018: Sweet Home Alabama Edition

    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.
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    Epic Trek with Tim 2018: Sweet Home Alabama Edition

    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.
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    James Veatch, 25th Indiana

    Bjorn Skaptason's Hike on Veatch's Brigade and
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    PVT Baker 25th Missouri

    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.)
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    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?
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    Epic Hike 2018 Suggestions

    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.
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    Confederate Firearms by Regiment for Shiloh

    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.
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    Thank You, Major Reed

    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.
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    We Meet Again

    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.
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    The View at 100

    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.
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    We Meet Again

    They were all present at the Battle of First Manassas.
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    Name this man.

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

    Could it be Patton Anderson?
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    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
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    Epic Hike 2018 Suggestions

    It is not a true visit to the Shiloh National Military Park unless one traverses the Dill Branch Ravine.
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    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.
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    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!
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    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!
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    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
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    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
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    Hello from the mountain state

    Certainly not too late. The accumulation of knowledge is a great asset of this site.
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    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.
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    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.