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It has been a while since our last quiz, so what follows are thirteen questions related to Benjamin Prentiss, Brigadier General in command of Sixth Division of U.S. Grant's Army of West Tennessee at the eruption of the Battle of Shiloh:

1.      On 17 AUG 1861 B.M. Prentiss and U.S. Grant had their first dispute in regard to seniority. Which man of the two was the senior union officer on that date?

2.      On 2 SEP 1861 B.M. Prentiss and U.S. Grant had their second seniority dispute. After learning details of BGen Grant’s claim, BGen Prentiss:

·         Offered to put the matter of seniority before an unbiased panel of officers;

·         Offered to resign;

·         Was placed under arrest by BGen Grant;

·         Reported to MGen Fremont at St. Louis;

·         All of the above.

3.      BGen Prentiss likely reported to Savannah Tennessee at the end of March 1862. Who is most likely to have made Prentiss aware that, “Nothing is to be done to bring on a General Engagement.”

4.      Prior to reporting to Major General Grant, Colonel David Moore had operated in the District of Northern Missouri, commanded by BGen Prentiss (True or False.)

5.      On the afternoon of Saturday 5 April 1862 Major James Powell of the 25th Missouri Infantry became aware of “unknown horsemen just south of the ground being used by BGen Prentiss to conduct an inspection of the Sixth Division.” In response to concerns about the identity of these horsemen, Prentiss ONLY sent a force under command of Colonel David Moore to investigate (True or False.)

6.      After midnight, as April 5th gave way to Sunday, April 6th, Major Powell operated under orders to, “Advance south with a force and capture a Rebel cavalryman; bring that captured man back to camp for interrogation.” The officer who approved Major Powell’s operation was:

·         Colonel Peabody, commanding 1st Brigade;

·         LtCol Van Horn, commanding 25th Missouri Infantry;

·         Colonel Moore, acting Division Duty Officer;

·         BGen Prentiss, commanding Sixth Division.

7.      Upon Major Powell making contact with the enemy, half of Colonel Moore’s 21st Missouri Infantry Regiment was ordered forward to support Major Powell. The officer who ordered Colonel Moore forward was:

·         Colonel Peabody, commanding 1st Brigade;

·         Colonel Moore, exercising his own initiative;

·         Colonel Madison Miller, commanding 2nd Brigade;

·         BGen Prentiss, commanding Sixth Division.

8.      Upon Colonel Moore making contact with an overwhelming enemy force, Moore sent back a request for “the rest of the 21st Missouri be sent forward to his support.” The messenger sent by Colonel Moore reported to:

·         Colonel Peabody, commanding 1st Brigade;

·         Colonel Madison Miller, commanding 2nd Brigade;

·         Major General Grant, commanding Army of West Tennessee;

·         BGen Prentiss, commanding Sixth Division.

9.      Not long after the remainder of the 21st Missouri was sent forward, the artillery belonging to Munch and Hickenlooper were ordered forward. The officer who ordered Munch and Hickenlooper forward was:

·         Captain Andrew Hickenlooper, acting on his own initiative;

·         Captain Emil  Munch, acting on his own initiative;

·         Colonel Peabody, commanding 1st Brigade;

·         BGen Prentiss, commanding Sixth Division.

10.   Shortly before 9 a.m. on Sunday 6 April 1862 the Sixth Division fell back until meeting BGen Stephen Hurlbut’s Fourth Division. BGen Prentiss rallied perhaps 500 men and placed them (along with guns belonging to the 1st Minnesota Light Artillery and 5th Independent Ohio Battery) to the right (west) of Hurlbut’s Division. Soon, the Second Division appeared and placed its infantry on Prentiss’s right (with all of the Second Division artillery sited behind the line of infantry.) It was this situation that MGen Grant encountered when he visited Prentiss for the first time on Sunday morning (True or False.)

11.  At this first (and possibly ONLY) face-to-face meeting between Grant and Prentiss on Sunday 6 April 1862 MGen Grant ordered BGen Prentiss to “Hold your position at all hazards” (True or False.)

12.  In BGen Prentiss’s Shiloh Report, submitted November 1862, he makes no mention of either Brigadier General WHL Wallace or BGen Stephen Hurlbut (True or False.)

13.  Of the following Brigadier Generals present at Battle of Shiloh, indicate their relative seniority to each other:

·         BGen W. T. Sherman

·         BGen Stephen A. Hurlbut

·         BGen B. M. Prentiss

·         BGen WHL Wallace.

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