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Coppee and Andreas Shiloh Maps

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Coppee Map of Shiloh (1866)

 

One of the early maps of the Battle of Shiloh (published in Grant and his Campaigns in 1866 by Henry Coppee) this map suffers from a typical failure of the early map creators: attempting to place TWO days of troop movements on ONE map. AND it does not show REBEL troop positions... at all. Some of the other failings:

  • Owl Creek Bridge not shown

  • Shunpike not shown

  • The map does not continue far enough west to site elements of McDowell's Brigade

  • Grant's Last Line not shown

  • Sherman's Final position on Day One not shown.

With the above listing the failures, there are some positive attributes to this early Shiloh map:

  • Tilghman Branch is sited, but not accurately (joined Owl Creek further west)

  • Accurate siting of the River Road (used by Lew Wallace to reach the battlefield)

  • Accurate depiction of the flooded Snake Creek and siting of Wallace Bridge

  • Ownership of Second Division attributed to Smith (WHL Wallace was acting-commander)

  • Good depiction of the jumbled road network at Pittsburg Campground

  • Accurate siting of “the other” Pittsburg Landing (on east bank of Tennessee River, used by Nelson to board transports for the battle taking place on the west bank of the Tennessee)

  • Upper Landing at Pittsburg also sited accurately (where many steamers tied up when Pittsburg Landing was full)

  • Involvement of USS Tyler and USS Lexington indicated

  • Good depiction of woods, scrubland and clearings.

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Andreas Shiloh Map of 1884

(Completed to assist with construction of the Shiloh Cyclorama on display at Chicago.)

The below Shiloh map gets the placement of Tilghman Creek correct; includes the locations of Snake Creek (Wallace) Bridge and Owl Creek Bridge; and attempts to more accurately depict the location of Union artillery [notice the three positions of Munch and Hickenlooper, of Prentiss's Sixth Division. When some argue that "Prentiss only had an insignificant fraction of his division remaining after withdrawal to the Hornet's Nest," they fail to consider the valuable contribution of these batteries, both of which fought ALL Day and ended up in Grant's Last Line.]

 

 

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