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Did you know William C. Carroll [NY Times] and Frank Chapman [NY Herald] are the main contenders for "First Northern reporter to get his copy on the wires from the Battle of Shiloh" ? Or that famed New York Herald reporter, Henry Villard, travelled with Buell's Army of the Ohio to Pittsburg Landing? How about Irving Carson [Chicago Tribune] who moonlighted for General Grant as courier (and became the first reporter killed during the Civil War, at Shiloh on Day One)? The Historical Dictionary of War Journalism covers the profession of "reporting the war" from the Mexican War of 1846 through to the 1991 Gulf War... and for our purposes, more than adequately covers Shiloh, with biographies and lists [see Appendix D], including: Whitelaw Reid [Cincinnati Gazette] Ned Spencer [Cincinnati Times] H.M. Bentley [Philadelphia Inquirer] J.B. McCullagh [quit Cincinnati Gazette to work for Cincinnati Commercial, due dispute over Shiloh report] Even sketch artists are included [some of whom published written reports, as well as sketches.] And there are a few surprises [such as the claim that noted reporter, Sylvanus Cadwallader (Chicago Times -- NY Herald -- Milwaukee Daily News) first came to U.S. Grant's attention in August 1862, when he is said to have been "ordered to be placed under arrest by General Sherman."] The Historical Dictionary of War Journalism, created by Mitchel Roth (with editorial assistance from James S. Olson) was published by Greenwood Press of Westport, Connecticut in 1997, and is available for purchase on Amazon.com (or can be viewed at most good libraries across the world, including here in Adelaide... yes, this is a shameless plug for my old employer, Barr Smith Library). You can't tell the players, without a program; and you can't find the stories, unless you know who wrote them. Ozzy N.B. Of course, the first telegraphed news from Shiloh... was General Beauregard's April 6th report -- direct to Richmond -- and beat everyone else. And although this next link is not directly associated with The Historical Dictionary of War Journalism, it does contain images of most of the Northern reporters working in the Western Theatre during the Civil War: http://www.thebohemianbrigade.com/alfred4.html
A diary with a difference: My Diary, North and South by William Howard Russell, commences March 1861(before the Attack on Fort Sumter) and finishes in March 1862, as McClellan heads towards the Peninsula. Therefore, this work contains nothing concerning the fighting at Battle of Shiloh. However, what makes this report unusual: William H. Russell was a journalist for The Times of London, and was dispatched to America to report on the increasingly bellicose affairs taking place; Russell sent those weekly reports back to London for publication (which directly influenced the way England viewed the American upheaval), and also had many columns printed in New York newspapers. And Russell was granted access -- North and South -- to the key leaders and decision-makers who would gain prominence as events unfolded. The very observant reporter, with a gift for portrayal of people and places, met and recorded his impressions of the following: President Lincoln and his Cabinet (from page 38), President Davis and his Cabinet (page 172), PGT Beauregard (page 121), Braxton Bragg (p.206), William Hardee (p.193), Gideon Pillow (p.306), David Dixon Porter (p.202), Benjamin Prentiss (p.329), fellow Englishman Henry Binmore (p.333), John C. Fremont (p.397), William "Bull" Nelson (page 48), and many others (enter last name in Search Box at top of archive.org page.) As well, impressions of Philadelphia, New York City (before and after start of war), Washington, Baltimore, Montgomery, Pensacola, New Orleans, Memphis and Cairo (and Fort Sumter and Fort Pickens) make for interesting reading. Over 600 pages, this work was published in Boston in 1863; and is available at archive.org: http://archive.org/stream/mydiarynorth00russrich#page/n9 Cheers Ozzy