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Ron

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  1. The boat in the middle is the Tigress, Grant's headquarters boat. Ron
  2. Ron

    Wicker

    Thanks for the answer Jim. Don't hurry to catch up with me in age. Slow down and enjoy life. I would enjoy going to Shiloh Park but its not in the cards now. Thanks for the invitation to visit you but can't just now. Tell Mona I said hello. Ron
  3. Ron

    Wicker

    Jim, Thanks very much Jim. Yes, I'm still interested in the local civilians of the time of the battle. I just finished reading a article about this topic last week but reading this article reminded me of how much I have forgot. I really don't like to do that because it was such a effort to accumulate the information the first time. I'm not getting younger. If you can contact the grandson Wicker again, I am interested in talking to him about the family. I appreciate your continued interesting the subject. I'm curious as to is older, you or me. If you are 80 or older, you lose
  4. Just received my copy of "Courage and Devotion" from Amazon at good price and no delivery charge. It is a good book, very interesting while giving a good biography of the battery. It mentions about a dozen other artillery batteries. Discussion of other campaigns, battles, casualties and personnel assignment and losses. Author is Bruce R. Kindig, book is from Author House, Bloomington Indiana 47403. The ISBN nbr 978-1-4969-1836-9 and the printer's web site is www.authorhouse.com. Telephone number is 1-800-839-8640. Very good book, I recommend it. It answers many questions such as w
  5. Yes Perry, your are right. This road is the Hamburg-Savannah road looking north towards the Snake Creek Bridge (not seen in the picture). Jim, not the Beauregard Road. All you have to do is drive about 3 miles in a NE direction. Mona, Again, very good. I'll say you are exactly right. If you move north on the road about 500 yards and drive a nail into the road, you got it. I hope Perry sent you the grand prize. A point of observation is that the road is very flat with no high or low spots. If this is true, this would mean the road had been improved with a new surface and
  6. Hello Ozzy, I would never question General Robert E Lee on anything except the weather, perhaps. The position of Chief of Artillery in the western confederate army remained vacant until about August when Major James H Hallonquist was promoted to Lt. Col. and appointed as Chief of Artillery. This appointment was at the start of the Kentucky campaign in summer 1862 resulting in the Battle of Perrysville. Actually, his selection for this job proved to be a bad choice. He seemed to concentrate on minor matters and let others try to handle the important affairs of the artillery service.
  7. Sorry Ozzy, These are not the correct answer. One of these officers was a engineering officer and General Hawes was a cavalry officer who was appointed to the position of chief of cavalry. General Hawes did not assume this duty. The other officers mentioned were never considered for the position Chief of Artillery.. Ron
  8. Who was the Chief of Artillery of the Confederate Army of the Mississippi at the time of the Battle of Shiloh? Ron
  9. I'm glad that Mona' answer of the River Road was the road in question. The picture showed a presently unused road what seems to have been used in past times. Mona's answer is correct and that means my answer would have been correct also. Congrats Mona. Ron
  10. Ozzy, To help relieve any possible of confusion by the readers, remember that the army organization established four corps early in the forming of the rebel army. The four corps were Polk's gathering at Jackson and Humboldt with troops at Union City to the north, a gathering at Lexington to watch the Tennessee River banks, Bragg's Corps at Corinth, Iuka and Grand Junction. Detachments were spread through the area, one of which was a small unit at Pittsburg Landing, another at Burnsville Mississippi and others. Bragg's units watched the Tennessee River banks to observe the movements of
  11. Ron

    Cavalry Expert

    This position, Chief of Cavalry is difficult to identify who was the army Chief of Cavalry. Difficult because who ever was selected did not last long. Colonel James M Hawes had served as colonel of the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry just before the outbreak of the civil war. Earlier he served a two year tour of duty at the cavalry school in Saumur, France. General Albert Sidney Johnston requested Colonel Hawes' promotion to Brigadier General to fill this position, chief of cavalry. He was appointed to this rank and this command on March 5, 1862. He record as chief of cavalry for the one month he h
  12. All right, All ready, What's the secret or two that Mona spilled the beans on. you brought it up but then left us hanging. I can't get to sleep wondering what they can be. If you don't tell us what they are, I will send my flock of flying bulls direct to your location. Just think how much fun that will b come on Mona, fill us in. Ron. .
  13. Colonel Winfield S. Statham is the correct spelling of his name. Ron
  14. On my trip to Shiloh about 1999, I wanted to photograph the confederate plaques that had mention of artillery positions. This because I had noticed that the movements of the rebel batteries were hard to follow because of gaps in their narration (positions). A certain plaque was mentioned and I found its position on the Trailhead map, so off We went (wife and me) but sadly, the plaque was missing from its location as was the cannon which had been on display nearby. I thought of calling the park to report it missing but I then thought they already knew about it being missing. So, I did not c
  15. Yes, a job well done. Glad it will be back where it belongs. Thanks Paul
  16. Perry, I forget to mention in the above post that "THE WEST IS THE BEST" in reference to the better area of the civil war. Ron
  17. Perry, Congratulation's and a job well done to you. The discussion group went along through 10 years with your good leadership. I read your message about the origin of the group and was surprised because I thought it was started earlier then 2007. My big enjoyment has been reading all of the fine articles (posts) by the many knowledge members. I still regret the passing of Art Bergeron. My biggest regret is not getting to any anniversary trip to Shiloh and meeting the other members. My wife and I made two trips, (2000, 2005) just before the group started up. Too soon. I enjoyed bo
  18. The howitzer in the above picture is difficult to identify because of the angle of the photo but it appears to be a howitzer, not a gun, and is most likely of naval design. It a small but heavy in size of shot, as a naval weapon, it appears to be a carronade. A carronade was designed to be a small heavy weapon but shooting a heavy destruction round. If I'm correct , it was from a period of 1780 to 1825 time period. They were not for field use. Ron
  19. Mona, I would be most happy to assist you but the problem is who pays for my trip to Shiloh? Good luck with the lighting. Ron
  20. Ron

    Grant's Last Line

    The practice of naming civil war batteries with their official designation (all batteries had a official name) ran afoul of the practice of naming the same battery (or batteries) for the commander and or his replacement. Any replacement battery commander could have the battery use his name. If there was 10 replacement battery commanders during the war, then the ended with this battery having 11 names, 10 replacements and the official number. The box I have of index cards for the civil war batteries, confederate only, is stuffed to overflowing. Ron
  21. Roger, You are correct, many factors created and continued to add to the battlefield confusion. You can add to the confusion, the time and effort it cost Colonel Russell trying to control the Brigade. Yes, things did break down into small battles of small numbers of soldiers. It was described as a soldier's fight by some authors. In the later hours of the day, fighting began to fall off. It may have allowed some rest to the men but the fighting on the second day took away any rest they may have got on Sunday night. The fighting was, on Monday, very bad. It very seldom happened tha
  22. Ron

    SHILOH QUIZ #10

    Jim, Your answer is almost correct but falls a little short. But Cheer up, you are so close that you are the winner. Yes, the high spot is just beside the Bark Road just east of the gravel pit shown on the map on the south side of Bark Rd. The map indicates the highest elevation on or near the battlefield is 600' high. This location is east of the split off to the Eastern Corinth road. The Bark Road proceeds east to meet the River Road just above the ford over the Lick Creek. This height is still the highest point on the park. I am using a 1969 map of the area published by the Tenne
  23. Hello Mike, Here is some info about the 22nd Tennessee Infantry Regiment, I hope it helps. You are right about the difficulty of finding info about the regiment. besides the 22nd Tennessee, the 12th, 13th and the 47th Tennessee Regiments were in the operations of the 22nd Tennessee. So, you need to study the history of all four Tennessee regiments, but also study the history of the 12th/47th Tennessee consolidated regiment. These last operated as a single regiment from August to October, 1862. On June 16, 1862, the 12th and 22nd Tennessee Regiments were consolidated into the 12th Te
  24. Ron

    SHILOH QUIZ #10

    Locate the location of the highest elevation on the Shiloh plateau, some call it the Shiloh Hill. Please tell us what the elevation is. The entire area of the battlefield and approach roads are included to find this point. The prize for the correct answer is a meal at McDonalds, in Shelby Township Michigan. You know that you can not pass up a meal as good as this. Ron Watch out for the flock of bulls.
  25. Happy Birthday Perry, wish you many more in the future. Bet you can't catch up with me. Ron P S Perry, the flock of flying raging bulls are in the barn, so enjoy your day with no fear of an attack.
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