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    Welcome to my SDG page: the image at top is of Dubuque's Governor's Greys, which became Company 'I' of First Iowa Vol. Inf. Regt. (Uniform worn Battle of Wilson's Creek, 1861.)
    My book, Falling through the Hornet's Nest' (Martin Samuels) is now available at Amazon.com as ebook. My next book (focus on Henry Halleck 1861-62) entitled 'Shiloh was a Sham: the untold story of the iconic Civil War Battle,' will be available April 2016, on Amazon as e-book.

    I can be contacted at bzmax03@chariot.net.au by any SDG member so inclined.

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  1. Ozzy

    Terminology from French

    At the beginning of the 19th Century, Napoleon was seen as "the greatest military leader of recent times," and French was naturally the language to be learned in order to facilitate the study of Napoleon and his strategy and tactics. In the process, French terms for military ranks, units, movements, weaponry, etc were reaffirmed as "the correct terms" for universal understanding (and new French terms were incorporated into American military terminology.) The following link: a publication provided to American soldiers deployed to Europe in 1917 (with attention being directed to French Military Terms on pages 7 - 16.) https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.$b260555;view=1up;seq=5 French for the Army and Navy (1917).
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    Do You Know Grant?

    Mona Cadets at West Point were provided with training to make accurate sketches and maps, quickly. But U.S. Grant may have possessed more talent than the average cadet: https://mostinterestingfacts.wordpress.com/2009/05/22/ulysses-s-grant-artist/ (Example of artwork created by Grant at West Point.)
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    Do You Know Grant?

    During this "quiet season," here are a few more bits of wit attributed to U. S. Grant: General Grant was asked, "What would you have done with Gideon Pillow if you had captured him at Fort Donelson?" The General pondered, then replied, "Why, I would have turned him loose, of course. It's much better for us to have Pillow in command of Rebels, than tucked away as a prisoner." "What is your favorite music, General?" someone asked Grant. The question caught Ulysses S. Grant (a man who believed "music" was one of the triggers for migraine headache) momentarily off guard. "I have no ear for music," he replied. "In fact, I only know two tunes: one is "Yankee Doodle," and the other isn't." U.S. Grant was the first United States President to play golf... but not very well. During one outing, he is reported to have swung at the ball -- and missed -- more than he made contact. When asked afterwards, "What do you think of golf, General Grant?" the President replied, "Very good exercise," and nodded. "But, I fail to see the purpose of the little ball."
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    Shelby Foote

    Mona The 1983 Shelby Foote interview is mentioned on google in the following format: MPB Classics: Postscripts: Shelby Foote -- A 1983 conversation with Mississippi author and historian Shelby Foote and will be broadcast at 4:30 pm on Wednesday 9 JAN 2019: https://www.tvpassport.com/tv-listings/stations/pbs-mississippi-public-broadcasting/2200 (scroll down to 4:30 pm.) [Note: On closer examination, the "tvpassport.com" site automatically converted to Adelaide Time, so 4:30 was Australia Central Daylight Savings Time... which was over four hours ago. Don't know when Mississippi Public Broadasting intends to run the programme again...]
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    Shelby Foote

    Review of Shelby Foote’s Shiloh: a novel This work was encountered while searching for YouTube recordings of Shelby Foote. And being a work of fiction, the time required to read it was weighed against the probable value of investing that time… but Shelby Foote’s Shiloh was read, anyway. If ever there was a book that epitomized, “Don’t judge me by my cover,” this is it. Being a work of “fiction,” author Foote uses observant characters – men who could have existed, but did not – to tell their stories, and relate the experiences of their comrades, much in the same way James Michener unfolded his sweeping sagas. And being a work of fiction, Shiloh: a novel presents a collection of vignettes, told by five different combattants and one squad of soldiers, presented chronologically, relating what Foote believed to be “the most important aspect of Battle of Shiloh taking place at that time.” Lieutenant Metcalfe begins the story, telling the experience of Confederate troops marching north from Corinth (and along the way, Albert Sidney Johnston and PGT Beauregard are described through interactions.) Captain Fountain, Adjutant of the 53rd Ohio, picks up the story where Metcalfe leaves off, and introduces Colonel Jesse Appler and General W.T. Sherman. A private belonging to the 6th Mississippi describes his unit’s tragic advance against Sherman’s division; and a gunner from Munch’s Minnesota Battery describes that unit’s participation in the fighting (and why he “lost his nerve, and joined the stragglers fleeing for the Landing, just before the Hornet’s Nest surrendered.”) Sergeant Polly, a scout serving with Colonel Forrest’s Cavalry, describes the aftermath of the surrender of Prentiss; Beauregard calling a halt to offensive action with the arrival of night; and observing the arrival of Buell; and trying to get “someone in authority” to take action before Grant’s Army is reinforced. A twelve-man squad of Indiana troops, belonging to Lew Wallace’s division, describes the fight on Day Two. (And there is a description of the action at Fallen Timbers.) A comprehensive telling of The Battle, 240 pages long, it is well worth the time invested to read Shelby Foote’s Shiloh: a novel. https://archive.org/details/shilohanovel012435mbp/page/n6 Shiloh: a novel by Shelby Foote (1952).
  6. Ozzy

    Shelby Foote

    Mona The following link is to the Worldwide Library Catalogue, OCLC (which indicates the 1983 Shelby Foote interview is available at many libraries as VHS tape.) Tried finding the interview on YouTube, but no luck, so far. https://www.worldcat.org/title/shelby-foote/oclc/12327811
  7. Ozzy

    Do You Know Grant?

    Grant’s Little Jokes For the past year or two, every instance of a joke or funny story attributed to U.S. Grant has been recorded as it was encountered; not as productive a venture as might be supposed, because General Grant projected an image, a presence, of “serious, no-nonsense gravitas.” Grant appeared “too busy to be funny; too seriously engaged to allow humor to color his simply-business, deadly serious professional conduct.” While preparing this discussion paper, the following assertion of Grant’s humor emerged: https://warstoriescast.com/2017/10/24/library-conversation-with-dr-john-marszalek/ Worth a read to get someone else’s take on the subject. Meanwhile, here are jokes and funny stories attributed to Ulysses S. Grant: · “You can’t march through that swamp, Jacob Ammen. I will send transports for you next week [to ferry you across from Hamburg Landing to Hamburg, after you and your men complete a 12-mile march.]” · “There is a water battery. Study it well.” – Said to Surgeon John Brinton during trip up Cumberland River aboard towboat W.H.B. in response to Brinton’s question, “What is a water battery?” And smacks of “Get me a left-handed monkey wrench.” · Allowing Brigadier General William Tecumseh Sherman to persist in calling his force “the First Division,” knowing that conduct would irritate Brigadier General John McClernand, in command of the original First Division. · The initiation and continuance of “the Shell Game” at Pittsburg Landing (claiming General C.F. Smith was still “at Pittsburg Landing,” but “just temporarily absent due to illness” in order to install W.T. Sherman as “acting commander of the campground.”) The joke was at the expense of John McClernand… again. · “General Grant intends to give you the opportunity to be shot in every important move” – Grant to Lew Wallace, via aide William Hillyer, following the success (at the cost of Wallace disregarding orders) at Fort Donelson. · In Missouri in 1861, General Grant advanced his troops and in process, heard about a local woman, Mrs. Selvidge, renowned for her home cooking. But when Grant fronted up to the cook’s home, he was told by her that, “She could not prepare a meal for the General because a squad of his cavalry had visited earlier, and cleaned her out – ate everything she had, except for a pie.” The General had a look at the pie, handed Mrs. Selvidge fifty cents, and turned to depart. “Aren’t you going to take your pie?” asked the cook. “Oh, no. Hold onto it for me.” And General Grant mounted his horse and took his departure. At his new headquarters, Grant determined the identity of the cavalry unit, and sent its commander the following order, just before midnight: “Having visited Mrs. Selvidge and eaten almost everything she had, except for one pie, you will depart immediately for Mrs. Selvidge’s and eat that pie, too.” · After enjoying success at Fort Donelson, Grant “knew” that the next logical step was occupation of Nashville. And he was disheartened by delay and procrastination, most revealed by Brigadier General Don Carlos Buell, who asserted, “The Rebels may have departed, but they have every intention of returning to Nashville” – a claim that newly minted Major General Grant did not believe. But, in “showing his acceptance of Buell’s claim,” Grant pressed upon Buell the offer of BGen C.F. Smith’s division, in order to secure Union possession of Nashville… and he had Buell put that request in writing… and then sent Smith from Clarksville to Nashville. Rbn3 in a post of 3 MAR 2017 offers the following: “Undistinguished and often shabby in appearance, Ulysses S. Grant did not recommend himself to strangers by looks. He once entered the Desoto House at Galena, Illinois, on a stormy winter's night. A number of lawyers, in town for a court session, were clustered around the fire. One looked up as Grant appeared and said, "Here's a stranger, gentlemen, and by the looks of him he's travelled through hell itself to get here." "That's right," said Grant cheerfully. "And how did you find things down there?" "Just like here," replied Grant, "lawyers all closest to the fire."
  8. Ozzy

    Do You Know Grant?

    Mona Well Done! All answers correct. And now a confession about this quiz: my daughter gave me a Civil War biography for Christmas. All of the seven above traits and factoids IRT U.S. Grant are contained in Ron Chernow's "Grant" (2017). Again, good work, Mona: persistence pays. Ozzy
  9. Ozzy

    Do You Know Grant?

    Mona Thanks for having a look and attempting this General Grant quiz. Your answers, so far: #1 Grant did indeed find himself appointed to West Point from Ohio... although he had to undergo a "name change" from H. U. Grant to Ulysses S. Grant in order to accept the appointment. For the rest of his life, U. S. Grant found curious pleasure in responding to questions IRT his name with "whatever answer the questioner would accept" as accurate: sometimes he "did not want the initials H.U.G. due to likelihood of hazing" and sometimes "the S stood for Simpson, his mother's maiden name." He got his nickname -- Sam -- from a shortened version of the interpretation of U.S. Grant (where U.S. was deemed to represent "Uncle Sam," eventually shortened to Sam.) Ultimately, Grant admitted that the S which stood in place of his middle name "stood for nothing." #2 Buena Vista, the "most significant battle of the War with Mexico" ...and Grant was not there. From my read of Grant, when discussing this aspect of his military service, there was a twinge of regret that "he'd missed the big one." Similarly, Sherman and Ord did not brag up their Mexican War service, having spent the war in California. #6 California beckoned to U.S. Grant, but events beyond his control stifled that dream. #7 Migraine headache and U.S. Grant: the General in his Memoirs makes almost as much mention of "not touching alcohol" as admitting "he got sick headaches" (only the one headache before Lee surrendered at Appomattox is admitted.) There is proof, mostly found in letters, that General Grant suffered from migraine every three or four months (although Julia indicates he got one every three or four weeks, for which she would apply the treatment of mustard and compresses, as you make mention.) However, there are also sources that record, "a physician prescribed brandy to General Grant for the treatment of migraine." So far, so good... only three answers remaining 🙂
  10. Ozzy

    Do You Know Grant?

    Welcome to 2019... and your first quiz of the year. These seven questions relate to Ulysses S. Grant, well before Battle of Shiloh: Hiram Ulysses Grant was appointed to West Point, Class of 1843, from which State? Grant, when describing his Mexican War service, claimed to have been involved in every major battle, except one. Which one? While courting Julia Dent, Ulysses Grant seriously considered leaving the U.S. Army and pursuing a career as educator at university. What subject did Grant intend to teach? In which slave State did Grant and his family reside, prior to the Secession Crisis? General Grant's appearance at Belmont. Who suggested he trim his beard? If poverty, and the Civil War, had not interfered, in which State did U.S. Grant have hopes of settling in and raising his family? True of False. Ulysses S. Grant, who suffered frequent migraine headaches, was prescribed brandy as treatment for those headaches.
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    Most important times

    Stan Part of the difficulty with tracking troop movements during Battle of Shiloh -- USA and CSA -- results from lack of a standardized time. Although the U.S. Navy (in form of two timberclads) possessed highly accurate Time, no use of that Time was made by the U.S. Army (content with setting watches by "meridian passage" i.e. "high noon.") Probably, Confederate soldiers set their time pieces by meridian passage, too. It would be possible to "backward engineer" one correct time for actions and movements during Battle of Shiloh... except, allowance would still be necessary for "estimated time" and "fabricated time" (such as "Grant's arrival on Sunday morning at Pittsburg Landing.") Perhaps, a challenge too immense... Regards Ozzy
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    Most important times

    Mona In a Letter dated 3 APR 1862 to wife Julia, General Grant indicated "he sent his watch (an heirloom from his brother, Simpson) home, in trust of Mr. Safford of Cairo Illinois" [Papers US Grant, vol. 5 pages 7 - 8.] Although General Grant had sent for a replacement (a plain, silver watch) there was no opportunity for that timepiece to arrive before Battle of Shiloh. Cheers Ozzy
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    Most important times

    After a bit of deliberation, came up with the following as The Most Critical Times at Shiloh: 4:55 a.m. First contact. (Some record this time as 5:15, probably due to watch error.) 9:05 Brigadier General Prentiss retires with most of his artillery (and the sturdy bits of his infantry) to what will become the Hornet's Nest. 10 a.m. The "key time" for General Sherman: after meeting with General Grant, things start to fall apart on the Union Right. 2 p.m. Buell arrives at Pittsburg Landing and meets with Grant (despair caused by "no reinforcements" evaporates, replaced by Hope.) 2:30 Colonel Webster begins assembling Grant's Last Line (from all available artillery.) General Albert Sidney Johnston dies. 5:29 The exact time recorded by General Prentiss that he, and those stalwarts with him, surrendered. 6:25 p.m. Sunset. General Beauregard calls a halt to offensive operations. Can you think of any other times on Sunday 6 April 1862 more deserving of inclusion on the above list?
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    The Wounded and the Field Hospital

    Not too far off topic... Shiloh and the Purple Heart According to wikipedia, The Purple Heart award has its origins as the “ The Badge of Military Merit” first awarded by General George Washington in 1782 (the tangible decoration a piece of purple cloth in the shape of a heart.) As result of the sacrifice and battle wounds suffered by Americans during World War One, it was believed fitting to institute a new award, to recognize combat veterans (but the discussion and proposals dragged on through the 1920s and 1930s). And before a decision was reached, and the “activation” of the Purple Heart was instituted, by Executive Order of the President of the United States, effective 22 FEB 1932 – the 200th Anniversary of George Washington’s birth… it was discovered that “the original” award had never lapsed, but been simply forgotten. Therefore, hundreds of thousands of men from past wars were potentially eligible for the updated award (during the Great Depression, at a significant cost to the U.S. Government.) Therefore, it was stipulated that “in order to receive the Purple Heart Award for service prior to 1917, the veteran claiming that award had yet to be alive.” Because of its pedigree, the Purple Heart is recognized as “the oldest American military decoration.” And because of restrictions, only a handful of Shiloh veterans ever received the Purple Heart (but all of the men wounded while fighting for the North were technically eligible for the Badge of Military Merit.) References: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_Heart https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badge_of_Military_Merit https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045462/1935-02-24/ed-1/seq-76/#date1=1932&index=1&rows=20&words=PURPLE+Purple+purple&searchType=basic&sequence=0&state=District+of+Columbia&date2=1938&proxtext=Purple+&y=11&x=13&dateFilterType=yearRange&page=1
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    Barrett's Battery B

    "The Battery Then" http://taylors-battery.com/battery_then.htm is another excellent resource for information on Taylor's Chicago Light Artillery, Battery B currently with details of Ezra Taylor, Israel Parsons Rumsey, Timothy Blaisdell and Charles Affeld; as well, Letters and diaries describing the participation of Battery B at Belmont, Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Vicksburg, and more are either available now, or will arrive in the near future (scroll down to links). Taylor's Battery Then... is an extensive subset of Taylor's Battery Now (a reinactment unit created in 1989) http://taylors-battery.com/table_of_contents.htm