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Tony Willoughby

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  1. Parking: Tour Route # 9 (Invasion of the Union Camps) Hiking Distance: 2 Miles Terrain: Moderate difficulty through off-trail ravines and forests The Southern surprise attack on the outlying camps of General Grant's army was described by a Confederate General as an "Alpine Avalanche". Although there remains no doubt that the attack was a "surprise" in a military sense, the Confederate advance was so slow that by the time the leading formations came in contact with the Union line of defense the defenders were well-prepared to give their un-invited guests a bloody reception. This program analyzes two crucial hours of the battle –the period after the first contact between the Union patrol and Confederate pickets, and the first general attack on the Union camps. Why did it take two hours for the Alpine Avalanche to move less than one mile? Why did resistance by small parties of Federal pickets delay the Southerners so significantly? Join Bjorn Skaptason and explore the fighting on this significant sector of the battlefield.
  2. Join Ranger Chris Mekow for this 1 1/2 mile hike that traces the steps of the isolated brigade of Union Colonel David Stuart and discusses how 800 men held off 5,000 Confederates supported by eight artillery pieces for several hours. The hike will also discuss the "lost" 71st Ohio Infantry Regiment. This hike will cover mostly level,open ground.
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    From the album: Shiloh anniversary

    Sdg following Chalmer's brigade with historian Tim Smith at Shiloh
  4. That's very cool, Mike. I'm going to be in my first reenactment next weekend. I joined up with the 3rd Kentucky.
  5. 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm Meet near the Michigan Monutment Distance - 2.5 miles Terrain - moderately difficult (ravines and streams) Late in the morning of April 6, a large and coordinated Confederate attack drove two reinforced Union divisions from a strong position near the Crossroads area around Water Oaks Pond. It was some of the bloodiest fighting of the battle. This program follows the operations of the reinforcing brigade of the Union line, Gen. James Veatch's Brigade of Hurlbut's Fourth Division. What role did Veatch's brigade play in the failed defense of the Crossroad? What was the cost of that defense? The program will also follow Veatch's men as the fall back to regroup and finally assist in stabalizing "Grant's Last Line." The program, led by volunteer Bjorn Skaptason, will also focus on the crucial role that terrain played on the fighting in the center of the battlefield.
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