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  1. Derrick

    Urgent offer to Bragg

    Wow, this is quite something. I have never seen this before. Makes me start thinking of the "what ifs" and those can be quite fun. If Bragg had been in command over there, would those forces have made it to Shiloh instead of never making it in time as Van Dorn? Interesting to think about. Thanks for posting!
  2. Derrick

    Epic Hike 2018 Suggestions

    I would be all for the Trabue Hike. I think it would be interesting to follow Lauman's Brigade on the 6th and 7th (The 17th Kentucky was from my town...so that's why I would love that!) from their camps at Cloud Field, to the Peach Orchard, then across the road form Wicker Field, back to the last line, then over to Jones Field and beyond. These always take place in November, correct? My wife and I are expecting in November, so I might have to miss this anyway. I would love to go on one of Dr. Smith's hikes after watching all the videos and reading his book.
  3. Derrick

    Anniversary Hikes

    It was great meeting the two of you on Thursday! I had an absolute blast and am so glad i was able to spend the day with others who enjoy learning about the battle as much as me. Hopefully I can make another one soon!
  4. Derrick

    Anniversary Hikes

    Thanks for the info! I'll be coming down on the 5th for Dr. Gentsch's hike. I cleaned out my hiking pack today just in case. Definitely will be bringing plenty of water, and the extra socks is a good idea. See you there!
  5. Derrick

    Anniversary Hikes

    Hello everyone, I will be attending one of the long, all day hikes this week at the park. Would a backpack and water bottles be recommended? Anyone else going to any of them? Derrick
  6. Derrick

    One more account

    Thanks for posting Stan. Love seeing the stories with the images.
  7. Derrick

    Hello From Kentucky

    Thanks Mona!
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    Hello From Kentucky

    Mona, I've been watching some of the hikes on YouTube, and they are great. I've watched the Bull Nelson video and the Lew Wallace hike from last year. I just started the Following AS Johnston today, and hopefully can finish it this week. I've noticed that there was one with Tim Smith and Ed Bearss at Fort Donelson in September. How does one find out when these tours/hikes take place? I'd love to make a November hike at Shiloh sometime, and any other with these two!
  9. Derrick

    Hello from the mountain state

    I know this is quite late to post here, but I noticed Owensboro and thought I'd chime in. I live in and am from Owensboro, and with the city being on the Ohio, it was a frequent stop for steamboats. In my own research, I have found many steamers advertising in surrounding newspapers of making weekly trips from Owensboro to Louisville, Paducah, and even as far as Cincinnati. Several Federal gunboats were docked here at various times throughout the war, and in 1861, dozens of boats loaded with new regiments went down the Ohio and sometimes stopped at Owensboro or even Rockport, which is right across the river. Some boats passed Owensboro, then took the Green River down to Camp Calhoun which is where Crittenden's division was being formed in 1861. I hope it isn't too late to help!
  10. Derrick

    Hello From Kentucky

    Totally agree. I did a hike at Gettysburg in 2016, and it completely changed the way I viewed and thought about the battle. Can't wait to do this at Shiloh. I will definitely check out the videos!
  11. Derrick

    School Field Trip

    Thanks Ozzy! I will have to save this and use it for when we go. Lots of good ideas! I hope you are able to make a trip sometime soon. You will absolutely love it there.
  12. Derrick

    Hello From Kentucky

    I am really looking forward to these, and I believe I will have to get that book at the visitor's center during my next visit. Never heard of that Trabue fellow.... But that sounds like it would be a great learning experience. It seems like those guys were shuffled all over the place on those two days. It's really difficult to keep up with where they were and when. This hike should definitely help! I agree about the Kentucky "monument." Nothing about it memorializes the thousands of men from the state that fought and died there. Now the Kentucky monument at Chickamauga, that is a beautiful work of art. I wish my state could get it together fiscally and put up the funds to construct a decent and respectable tribute for them at Shiloh. Thanks for the info! I am really hoping to make some of these this year! Derrick
  13. Derrick

    Hello From Kentucky

    Just saw that there was one schedule for the 5th, a Thursday. With it being a 12 miler, I assume it will be covering all the main points. I may be able to make this one depending on when we leave for Chattanooga. I would love to be down there for the day! Derrick
  14. Derrick

    Hello From Kentucky

    I've actually been talking to my wife about coming down and attending one this year. Those dates are actually during our Spring Break, but we have a family event in Chattanooga those days. I'd love to catch another one though. Any hikes planned for the summer or even the fall? I plan on making a few trips there this year to take a closer look at Kentucky regiments and their positions with my own eyes. It's one thing to see it on the map, and a totally different experience to stand there!
  15. Derrick

    School Field Trip

    Hello all, I have been lucky enough to receive a $500 grant from the Civil War Trust to take about 30 of my 8th graders to visit Shiloh on a Saturday sometime this spring. With budget cuts in our state, this $500 will most likely have to go toward the bus, driver, and gas for the trip there and back. Since I have never taken students to Shiloh in the past, I have a few questions that some of you might be able to answer. 1. I would like to have someone give us a basic tour of the battlefield that goes beyond the basic stops on the park map. For my students to fully understand the battle, I would like for the tour to begin where the battle started and then move to appropriate locations as necessary. I also need someone who is engaging enough to hold the attention span of 13/14 year olds. They are great kids, but I want them to really connect with what the speaker is saying. I plan on adding in my own things at each stop, such as first hand accounts of those that fought at the locations we tour. Does that go through the park and one of their rangers, and how much would that cost? I'm working with very little in terms of money. 2. Will the park allow me to dress out? I am also a reenactor and I think my kids would love it if I dressed out the whole day. 3. Does the park allow us to have a short picnic at the camp of a regiment that was from our town? The location would be Cloud Field. Very short, and very clean of course. 4. How much time should I have set aside for the Museum and Battlefield Tour? So far I have about 7 hours. I'm trying to make this an annual thing for kids from my school, and in the future, allowing it to grow so I can show more students this important place. Thank you all for your time and help! Derrick