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  1. Stan An account by Benjamin Franklin Sawyer, who was then Captain of Company I, says that Lt Col Herron was mortally wounded and died the next day. Sawyer was later Lt Col of the 24th Alabama. <Omitted; unrelated to Lt Col Herron's death.> [The Newberry Herald. (Newberry, SC) , March 11, 1874, page 1.] The brother of Capt B F Sawyer, left on the field mortally wounded, was Theodore Nathan Sawyer. Image from FindAGrave https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/158618549/theodore-nathan-sawyer
  2. Thank you sooooo very much! I would love to see a picture of the house! Yes I believe you are talking about the correct structure. Did you see the post above about the house having been relocated? Let me see if I can embed it here: Local historians state that the house was originally located across Hwy 224, due North of the location you were shown. And that it was moved to the location you were probably shown (atop the grassy knoll with the scrub pines?) sometime in 1960's (yes I meant 1960's not 1860's) If that is true, and I have no reason to doubt, then, at the time of the Battle, the house would have been located in the front yard of the modern brick house in the first picture. If you locate a picture PLEASE share it here. I would be ever grateful to have a photo of one of the places where my 2x great grandfather was 155 years ago! and I am probably not the only one who would be very interested to see what the Mickey House looked like! Thanks so much for your help. Laura
  3. Hi Lynn. Thanks so much for your reply and for sharing the stories of your family on the site. I'm sure there is some truth to the limbs being piled outside the windows, but likely more for convenience sake than to shield the men inside from bullets. The surgeons typically performed operations inside buildings when there was one, but I've read numerous accounts that they disposed of the amputated limbs in the most disturbing way - by simply tossing them out the window. Seems really gruesome to us today, but I imagine it was the quickest way to get them out of the way, so they could do their job as rapidly as possible. The Mickey House was the Brigade Hospital for Sterling Alexander Martin (S.A.M.) Wood's Brigade (and possibly other brigades of Hardee's III Corps.) I don't know how big the house was - do you have a photo of it? - but Wood's brigade had about 600 wounded. After the operations were performed the wounded were quartered in barns, outbuildings, tents, or on the grounds. If 80% (low estimate) of the 600 wounded required treatment at the brigade hospital, that was 480 men needing treatment. There were four Surgeons and Asst Surgeons - Dr Cross (my 2x g grandfather) Dr Noblitt 44th TN, Dr. Lawrence and Dr. Chandler - so, if they divided the work equally, that's 120 wounded each (!) From Dr Noblitt's account, we know that three of the Drs worked all night (all except Chandler) and did not sleep for 48 hours. Dr Noblitt wrote that 65 wounded were transported back to Corinth by wagon on Tuesday. Some of the less seriously wounded likely made their way back on foot. The most seriously wounded, and those who had been operated on, would not have been moved for fear of worsening their condition. Those would have been left behind and taken prisoner when the hospital was captured. Please let me know if you or anyone in your family has a picture of the house. I would love to see what it looked like! Thanks again for your reply.
  4. Does anyone know if the tree marking the grave of Surgeon Samuel Everett is still there and, if so, has it been identified? Is the big "E" carved in it still visible? Dr. Samuel Everett – enlisted April 29, 1861 as Surgeon 7th IL Infantry; honorable muster out July 29, 1861. Appointed Surgeon 10th IL Infantry July 31, 1861; Brigade Surgeon of USV, Sept. 14, 1861. Killed at Shiloh on April 6, 1862, he was, allegedly, the first Union Medical Officer killed in battle. In March 1862, Dr. Everett left St. Louis and reported for duty at Pittsburg Landing. During the Battle of Shiloh, he served as Chief Surgeon for Gen. Prentiss. A May 3, 1862 article in the Quincy [IL] Whig Republican newspaper states: "Dr. Samuel W. Everett ... was killed early in the action of Sunday morning, April 6, while gallantly cheering on and encouraging the men to stand their ground, and renew their exertions to repulse the over-whelming attack of the rebels on their division." Dr. Everett’s brother, Edward Everett, traveled to Pittsburg Landing to retrieve his brother's body, intending to return it for burial in Quincy. He was unable to obtain a satisfactory metal casket, and left Dr. Everett where he was buried. Edward kept a journal of his trip to Shiloh writing: On another page of the diary, Edward wrote: “Grave near an oak tree: A large E cut out with an axe; Name carved above; Head SW from letter H -- 9 ft.; Foot W from letter F--4 ft.; About 3 miles from upper landing SW from it clearing 100 yards S; A firm board at head with: Dr. Everett, Brigadier Surgeon of Gen’l. Prentiss Staff, Died April 6, 1862.” (Image of diary page below - courtesy of Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County) Just wondering if the tree is extant and identifiable? And if any of the writing is still visible? Thanks!
  5. Greetings to everyone who previously weighed in on this one and to those who havent yet seen it. I know its been a while, but I think I finally ID'd the standing man in the middle of this image ID'd as "Sterling Alexander Martin (SAM) Wood and staff" So just to catch up everyone who hasnt seen this before, all but one of the men has been ID'd - some more certain than others. The one remaining unidentified was the middle man standing. Seated L-R 1) Brig Genl Sterling Alexander Martin Wood 2) Henry Clay Wood, Aide-de-camp (and brother of BG SAM Wood) Standing L-R 1) Martin Vanburen Walt AQM (? I'm still not 100% sure on this one. On Apr 24, 1863, Walt was promoted to QM with a rank of Maj, to rank Oct 14, 1862) 2) middle man - unknown 3) Dr William Cordwell Cross, Brigade Surgeon (my 2xg grandfather) So here's the NEW information. That middle standing man, the unknown one? I think this is him: Left image cropped from original; right image cropped from http://vault.georgiaarchives.org/cdm/ref/collection/vg2/id/13469 Rev. Alexander Lockett Hamilton, originally enlisted as Chaplain of the 16th Alabama Infantry.He was one staff officer I had not previously searched for. I only started looking because I found a notation that he had served as the Quartermaster and "had kept a diary of the movement of the Sixteenth." From "Early Settlers of Alabama, Part 1," James Edmonds Saunders and ‎Elizabeth Saunders Blair Stubbs, published 1899, p. 176, I also learned that Hamilton had served as "president of a female academy at Cuthbert, Georgia" and so was able to locate the 1875 (?) image herehttp://vault.georgiaarchives.org/cdm/ref/collection/vg2/id/13469 entitled "Cuthbert, 1875. Students at Andrew College pose for a photograph with the president of the college, Doctor A.L. Hamilton. The college was founded in 1854 as Andrew Female College."Born Sep. 13, 1827 Rockbridge County VAGraduated Washington University (now Washington and Lee University) in 1845 or 46.Enlisted as the chaplain of the 16th Alabama, supposedly acted as aide to Brig Gen Sterling Alexander Martin (S.A.M.) Wood, and was made the Quartermaster with a rank of Major.Died March 7, 1881 while serving as the President of Andrew Female College (Cuthbert, GA) 1866-1871 and 1887-1881.
  6. A friend was at Shiloh today and her husband was wondering what kind of gun barrel was on the Grant marker in the cemetery. They asked the rangers but no one knew. Does anyone here know?
  7. Jim Did you know that Joe Wheeler was also a General in the US Army and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery? In 1898, when the Spanish American War broke out, he was appointed Major General, US Volunteers, and commanded the Cavalry Division of the Cuban Expeditionary Force, which gave him command over the Rough Riders of Teddy Roosevelt fame. He was head of the committee that negotiated the surrender of Santiago and the Spanish Army in Cuba. Following that war, he remained in the United States Army, and from September 1899 to January 1900, he was the commanding General in the field, with the rank of Brigadier General, during the Philippine Insurrection, commanding the First Brigade, Second Division, in the Tarlac Campaign and in the central Luzon. He was commissioned a Brigadier General, Regular Army on June 16, 1900, and retired on September 10, 1900. There are five Confederate Generals who later served in the US Army during the Spanish American War. Fightin' Joe is one of them and the only one buried at Arlington. Here's a list of all five with links to their Find A Grave memorials: Joseph Wheeler http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid= 6518 Matthew Cal Butler http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid= 9501 Fitzhugh Lee http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=4660 Thomas L Rosser http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=11068 William C Oates http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=5901994
  8. lelliott19

    Lee surrenders.

    Good stuff Ozzy. Thanks for sharing it. I had no idea Australians joined the crew of the Shenandoah?
  9. Thanks Ron. Is there anyone at the park now who would know or would that be a Woody only question? Mtalplacido - from Woody's description of the trading that went on, I got the impression that he was "executing" some of the "deals" himself or that at least some of them were executed under his tenure. He did add that such trading nowadays would likely be impossible. He seemed quite proud of the way the trades turned out - with SNMP amassing one of the largest (if not the largest) collection of authentic Confederate artillery......in the world? of all the National Parks? Unfortunately, he didn't say and I didn't ask. But his pride in the collection made me think that he was at least partially responsible for the "deals" that resulted in the current collection. Wish I had asked more questions! Maybe someone who is still there will go on the car caravan tour tomorrow and ask the Q for us?
  10. No kidding! It was an unexpected treat for sure. Don't get me wrong, I certainly hated that Jimmy Whittington was ill and hope that he is feeling much better real soon. We did enjoy Woody's tour very much - especially his description of David Stuart's position and the "fleet-footed 71st Ohio." And getting the inside scoop on the "trading" was very cool! I wish I had thought to ask him if the EB cannon was part of the original collection. In case you're interested in the itinerary, I posted a detailed "After Action Report" of the trip at Post #5 here http://shilohdiscussiongroup.com/index.php?/topic/1626-2015-battlefield-hikes-in-an-adobe-format/
  11. Thanks John. I hadn't seen the previous thread and appreciate you pointing it out. Ill await Ron and others who may know if the Edenton Bell cannon was originally assigned to the park or acquired through the park to park trading that Woody eluded to. Thanks again for your reply.
  12. We were at the battlefield this past weekend and Tom Rambeau showed us the Edenton Bell cannon at Ruggles Battery. (She's the 2nd cannon from the road and also the 2nd one in the row in the photo below) The Edenton Bell cannon were made from the melted down church bells and cast at Tredegar Foundry in April 1862, so obviously it did not see use at Shiloh but was presumably one of the cannon that was sent to Shiloh when the US War Dept emptied the warehouses in the early 1900's. We were pleasantly surprised to have Woody Harrell lead our afternoon car caravan tour on Saturday and he indicated that some "trading" went on in the early days from one park to another. This "trading," he said, had allowed Shiloh National Military Park to amass one of the (if not the) largest collection of authentic Confederate cannon anywhere! He also said that such "trading" would certainly be frowned upon today. Ive seen a photograph of the cannon piled up on the bank at Pittsburg Landing but Woody's remarks got me to wondering...was the Edenton Bell one of the cannon originally sent to SNMP? Or was it "traded for?"
  13. Thanks Ozzy! It was great. I posted an after action report on the "2015 Battlefield Hikes in Adobe format" thread
  14. After Action Report of Laura and Jody Headquarters Rainbow City, AL, April 5, 2015 We enjoyed our time at Shiloh very much. We drove up on Saturday morning and arrived about 10:00. Spent the morning from 10 - 12:30 with David Stewart and Tom Rambeau following the route of Wood's brigade on day 1 from Wood's Field/ Fraley Field, Peabody's camp, and the capture of Burrow's Battery. Next, we visited Ruggles Battery and enjoyed learning about the cannon on display there. I had no idea so many horses were required! Afterwards, we met for the NPS car caravan tour at the Visitor Center and learned that Jimmy Whittington was ill and that the tour was to be led by Woody Harrell in his stead. Enjoyed Woody's tour very much - especially his description of David Stuart's position and the "fleet-footed 71st Ohio." Having a tour led by Woody was an unexpected treat! After the tour ended, we visited the Living History event at the Shiloh Battlefield Museum. Ran into Curt Fields portraying General Grant. (We had previously met Curt at Appomattox in 2012.) If you've never seen him portray Grant, you are missing out. Beauregard and A S Johnston were also there, along with a host of well-portrayed living historians. We missed meeting Alan (Transylvania) for dinner Sat night. My phone battery was dead after using the camera all day, and so I missed Alan's call when he arrived in the area. We did meet up with him and WI16th Jim at the visitors center today though. Today, we spent the morning in some Ranger led programs, saw the movie, etc. This afternoon, we headed out with Alan's hike notes and a tablet map in hand to locate the elusive Wood's Brigade tablets located in the Lost Field and in front of Ruggles Battery. These tablets are in remote areas of the battlefield and are only accessible by bushwhacking (which we did.) Thanks Alan for sharing your notes; they were most appreciated! Finally, we ended our trip to Shiloh with a quick trip out to Fallen Timbers and the newly pinpointed location of the Mickey House (where my gg grandfather established Wood's Brigade Hospital) Thanks to WI16th Jim and Larry DeBerry for making it possible for me to know exactly where it was located!
  15. Thanks Ozzy. We are actually leaving at 6 in the am to head to Shiloh so Ill ask while there if there are extant images or sketches. I plan to try to stand on the spot of the Mickey House tomrrow or Sunday. Ill take a picture and post to this thread when I get back!!!!
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