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The straw that saved Grant's back, part II ??

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From the O.R.

Special Orders, No. 36.   Hdqrs. District of West Tennessee, Savannah, Tenn.   March 26, 1862.

1.  Brig. Gen. B. M. Prentiss having reported for duty in this military district, he is assigned to the command of  the unattached troops at Pittsburg, Tenn.  As fast as troops arrive they will be brigaded and brigades formed into a division, which will be known as the Sixth Division, and commanded by General Prentiss.

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By order of Maj. Gen. U.S. Grant:

[Jno. A. Rawlins,] Assistant Adjutant-General.

 

You can tell you are in a really raw outfit when your regiment has been on the field for almost a week before your Divisional Commander is even named!

Jim

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Isn't that something? We visit the park and see those markers, or read about the battle, and somehow it seems as if all those units had been together for quite some time prior to the battle, and had been camped there for many weeks. Sure wasn't always the case though. Both armies were pretty darn green.

In Prentiss division, I think it was the 18th Wisconsin that arrived late on the afternoon of the 5th, and basically had time to set up camp and hit the sack. Then they wake up the next morning and find themselves on the front line of the largest battle in American history to that time. Nice welcome to the war.

Perry

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And to top it off, the 18th WI received the brunt of Chalmers Brigade's initial thrust!  Of course, this is where the 15th Michigan arrives without ammo, taking some of the pressure Chalmer's 6 regiments are putting on the 18th WI by becoming targets.

Jim

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