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General Meek's Place

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General John H. Meeks

 

Said to have been “twelve miles east of Falcon, Tennessee” ...what significance was “General Meek's Place” to the Picket Skirmish of April 4th 1862?

Bonus: Where was General Meek's Place in rough cardinal direction and distance from Shiloh Church?

Added Bonus: Why was John Henderson Meeks called "General" Meeks?

Note: Above likeness found on Google Images.

 

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The above map by Atwell Thompson was created in 1901 and can be found in the back of early editions of Major D. W. Reed's "Battle of Shiloh and the Organizations Engaged." Positive attributes of this map include: shows accurate location of Wallace Bridge over Snake Creek; shows accurate relationship of Tilghman Branch with Owl Creek; shows the route of the Shunpike; shows the route of the Adamsville - Corinth Road; shows the location of Confederate rendezvous (Mickey's); indicates the location of Owl Creek Bridge (on Hamburg and Purdy Road.) And it is one of the few maps that shows Falcon Tennessee and the location of General Meek's Place.

The main shortcoming: it does not indicate Dill Branch.

 

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Brigadier General W. T. Sherman in his report of 5 April 1862 includes the following: “The enemy is in some considerable force at Pea Ridge... they halted infantry and artillery at a point about five miles in my front, and sent a detachment [of cavalry] to the lane of General Meeks, on the north of Owl Creek... This cavalry captured a part of our advance pickets...”

[This is why knowing the location of General Meek's Place is important.]

 

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