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From the Civil War Trust: http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/shiloh/shiloh-fallen-timbers-2011/

"Shoot him! Knock him off his horse!"

Late in the afternoon of April 8, 1862, the final chapter of the Battle of Shiloh was being written. Charging far ahead of his troopers, Lt. Col. Nathan Bedford Forrest found himself surrounded by Federal soldiers and flying bullets. One bullet entered his hip and lodged in his left side. Remarkably, improbably, Forrest would escape this inescapable situation.

On the far side of the field, another towering figure of the Civil War, was also in danger of reaching an early end. Watching his lines give way, William T. Sherman later claimed that "had [Forrest] not emptied his pistols as he passed the skirmish line, my career would have ended right there."

Sherman and Forrest, dead or captured in April 1862? Imagine.

Now we have a chance to save 267 acres of the Fallen Timbers battlefield - the very heart of this historic battlefield. Help us save this final, savage chapter at Shiloh.

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We can save 75% of this battlefield in one fell swoop

Jim

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It's good that they're trying to do this. The area's isolation has clearly helped, but it would be great to have the Fallen Timber site safe from development, and perhaps added to the park itself. It tells part of the overall story.

Perry

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The information that I received yesterday (which was second-hand) is that the Trust has acquired the property (still needs donations though) and will transfer to SNMP. Of course, it may take several months before the red tape can be taken care of to complete the transfer. I'm hoping that it will be possible, in the future, to save the site of the Confederate hospital, since there are several Confederate soldiers buried there (thirty-something if I remember correctly). Went to Shiloh yesterday and spent about an hour riding around on the park. There was almost no other traffic; very quiet and peaceful. Saw many deer and one big tom turkey. The river is up and water is backed up into Dill branch ravine.

If I don't post again before Christmas, have a MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone (and a safe one).

Grandpa

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I don't know the time table Grandpa, but the Trust's usual M.O. is to acquire the land and then turn it over to the Park Service. May you and yours have a great Christmas.

Jim

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I know there are 2 big national reenactments planned for next year. One of the events is being held on this property and word is after that it will no longer be available, naturally, for such events. There was some concern that all of a sudden that land would be a no-go for the event, but that is not the case. Nice to have one last reenactment on it, the 150th no less, then preserve it for posterity.

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