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The Attacks on Prentiss' Camps at Shiloh with Bjorn Skaptason (video)

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7:30 am - 9:30 am
Meet at Tour Stop #9
Distance - 2.5 miles
Terrain - moderate to difficult

The dawn attack at Shiloh has often been referred to as a "lighting strike" surprise. One historian called the Confederate attack a "disciplined tornado," while a Confederate leader remembered an "Alpine avalanche." Neither of these terms gives an 
accurate picture of the attack on the morning of April 6, 1862. However, even after serious delays, the attack was still 
an overwhelming surprise. This program, led by volunteer Bjorn Skaptason, focuses on the attack by parts of four Confederate brigades against the camp 
of the Union 6th Division under General Benjamin Prentiss. How did the Confederates manage to achieve surprise even 
after serious delays? How did the terrain aid Union defense and then assist Confederate attacks? What effect did the 
success in this initial encounter have on Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston's battle plan?

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Tony, U Da Man. Great video. Sure do enjoy sitting here drinking coffee and watching this. Am getting a little tired watching these poor folks trying to keep up with Bjorn. How many were left out in the woods? Why do I have a feeling that when Bjorn rents a vehicle to drive down from Chicago in, he demands it being equipped with a GPS to prevent him from ending up in Canada?



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