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Stan Hutson

Neat Shiloh veteran piece/attempt to move Confederate dead

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The Confederate dead remain where they were buried. A few years ago the leading men in this part of the country arranged an immense mass-meeting and barbecue at the spring, near the old Shiloh Church. Resolutions were passed, subscriptions raised and committees appointed to take up and reinter all the Confederate dead that could be found. Many thousand people came here from far and wide, and the undertaking would have been a grand success, but about noon a most terrible storm arose and dispersed the crowd. In attempting to get home, a number of people, among them several children, were killed, and others badly hurt. This dampened the ardor of the projectors, and stopped, perhaps forever, the project of reinterring the Confederate dead.

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Stan

Thanks for finding the above well-written article about one Shiloh veteran's visit to the Battlefield, before the establishment of the National Military Park. The original article by then-Private C. A. Kuhl of the 14th Illinois Infantry, Company A (attached to Veatch's Brigade at Shiloh) is to be found on the front page of the National Tribune for 3 MAY 1883, column one (top) under title, "Pittsburg Landing." Sometimes called the United States National Tribune, this publication began in 1877 as a monthly 8-page newspaper, forum for the G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) and so advocated for Veteran's Rights, as well as publishing compelling stories of battles, marches, camp life, unusual wartime occurrences... Published in Washington D.C., the National Tribune became so popular (peak subscription 250,000) that in 1881 it began to be published weekly (until 1917 when the run came to an end, possibly due to interest in a new war...) 

At the attached link, available through Library of Congress "Chronicling America" every issue of the newspaper (through 1911) is available: just select the year required, and click on the date of issue desired. Every issue is 8-pages long (with the best stories usually to be found in the first three pages.) After 1881, a special place was allotted to "The War in the West" (given pride of place at the top of column one on the Front Page.) The only thing lacking is an index, so finding specific articles is hit and miss... but along the way, unexpected items of interest are discovered, making the search worthwhile.

Ozzy

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82016187/issues/    National Tribune

 

Another example of an "interesting article" found in the National Tribune, concerning relations between cavalry and infantry:

image.png  National Tribune 8 MAR 1894 page 3 col.2

 

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Index for National Tribune:

https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82016187/issues/  National Review

At the above link, insert "District of Columbia" -- "1890" -- "1894" -- "McClernand" [ in "Search papers: All States" -- from -- to -- "Search Word" ] and hit "ENTER."

Every newspaper published in Washington D.C. with General McClernand included as part of an article (between 1890 - 1894) will be listed (59 results).

A de facto INDEX, this search feature works best for short periods of time (four or five years) and for single-word searches (such as Shiloh, Pittsburg, Sherman, etc.)

There are a lot more interesting articles than first apparent...

Ozzy

 

 

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