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Tony Willoughby

General Bragg's Spirited Defense: Shiloh's Second Day

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Park volunteer Bjorn Skaptason will be leading a battlefield hike discussing Confederate General Braxton Bragg's defense on the western side of the battlefield. The Union counterattack on the morning of the 7th caught the Confederate army, now under P.G.T. Beauregard, off balance and unprepared to respond. The western flank of the Confederate army came under the command of General Bragg. Bragg's ad hoc force contained only a small element of his own troops. When three Union

divisions appeared unexpectedly on the west side of Tilghman Branch Ravine, Bragg went on the offensive. The hike will discuss what Bragg knew on the morning of April 7, and how he responded to the Union threat. How a spirited Confederate defense on this side of battlefield delayed Grant's second-day counterattack.

Meet at the Picnic Area.

Hiking Distance: 2 miles

Terrain: MODERATELY DIFFICULT, through open fields and shallow ravines.

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