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  1. The 15th Mississippi had been recruited in Summer of 1861, and was active at Battle of Fishing Creek (aka Mill Springs) in January 1862, so appears to have returned south and enlisted fresh recruits... and John W. Taylor was one of the "new privates." From Yalobusha County (Coffeeville, MS) Taylor joined Company D end of March 1862; and set off immediately for Corinth (cooked six day's rations) and raced after the Army marching north towards Pittsburg Landing. Private Taylor describes the chaos, the rain-affected trek, and arriving in vicinity (held in reserve as part of Colonel Stratham's 3rd Brigade of Breckinridges Reserve Corps). He reports the "first firing took place Sunday morning at 5 o'clock" and the 15th Mississippi joined the fight at noon. Describes his movements on the Battlefield as best he can, finishing Day One: "We helped run them to their gunboats." Day Two, Private Taylor blames those same gunboats for preventing consolidation of the victory. A day or two after returning to Corinth, John Taylor wrote this 4-page letter to his parents at Coffeeville. And finishes the letter by instructing his parents "to keep his brother, Steward, at home." The John W. Taylor letter is held by the "Clyde Hughes Collection" http://finding-aids.lib.unc.edu/04819/ University of North Carolina. The University of North Carolina web project, "The Civil War, Day by Day" (which has an interesting entry for every day of the Civil War, mostly oriented towards North Carolina) added John Taylor's complete letter of April 11th 1862 as their entry for that day. http://blogs.lib.unc.edu/civilwar/index.php/2012/04/11/11-april-1862-battle-of-shiloh-letter/ John Taylor's Shiloh letter Cheers Ozzy
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