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Woody Harrell: The Union Left the First Day

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This might be interesting...(I always thought the Union stayed on the first day):


From the Williamson Herald, December 26, 2013 :


Shiloh: The Union Left the First Day


Former Shiloh National Military Park Superintendent, Woody Harrell, will present: Shiloh, The Union Left the First Day on Sunday, Jan. 12 at the monthly meeting of the Franklin Civil War Round Table (CWR).


The event, free and open to the public, will be held at the Franklin Police Headquarters Community Room at 3 p.m., according to Greg Wade, of the CWR.


Harrell has a long and distinguished background in park historic interpretation.


He has served with the National Park Service (NPS) at Moore’s Creek National Military Park, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Ft. Raleigh National Historic Site, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the NPS national training center at the Grand Canyon.


In addition to Shiloh, he served as Historian at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and Manassas National Battlefield.


During the Civil War, Confederate success at Shiloh depended on pushing to the Tennessee River, then turning north to drive Gen. Ulysses Grant from Pittsburg Landing.


Early morning April 6, 1862 only three regiments under Col. David Stuart stood in the Confederate’s way. For over two hours this area north of Lick Creek saw some of the battle’s fiercest fighting.


Before retiring in 2012, he oversaw Shiloh’s most ambitious land acquisition program in 80 years and was awarded the Civil War Trust’s National Park Service Preservationist of the Year in both 2002 and 2010.


Harrell was also instrumental in designing the award winning Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center. He has been named Time Magazine’s “Man of the Year.”


From North Carolina he holds degrees in history and geography from Duke University and the University of North Carolina. Harrell holds the NPS record for running across the Grand Canyon rim and has qualified for the Boston Marathon, finishing among the top runners in 1975.


In 2013, he completed his goal to visit all 401 of the national parks.

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A amazing man.  Makes feel like I never did anything.  Now I'm spurred to greater achievements.  My jogging record is 6 miles but never again.  Hey John, A question for you.  How do you run across the Grand Canyon rim and where do you end up?


By the way, Woody is right about the union left on the first day.  It fell apart after a stubborn defense in the ravines.  Chalmers' and Bowen's rebel Brigades did the heavy work pushing Stuart's union brigade back.  Very heavy fighting in the ravines.  The regiment that suffered the heaviest losses was a union regiment fighting in the ravines.  I wish I could be there to hear Woody.  Ask him if he can come to Michigan to give the same talk Please.


Nice to hear from you again, John


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The Time "Man of the Year" thing is a joke. Woody said he was man of the year in 1966 when the man of the year was everyone under 25. In that case, I was, too.

His presentation was fascinating. Basically, he said 800 union soldiers--Stuart's 55th Illinois and 54th Ohio (minus the "swift-footed" 71st Ohio and with a lot of help from the terrain)--held off Chalmers' and Bowen's 4200 men long enough to preserve the Union left. Of course, he took an hour to say that, so it was way more interesting.

And yes, Pumkinslinger, he did mention the 9th Illinois, but they weren't the stars of the show.


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