April 6, 2002
Created for my friends who were interested in attending the 140th
anniversary of Shiloh but could not make it due to schedules and
distances. Especially for my pal Ron Wallace of Utah. I tried to be your eyes and ears during
the event and hope you like the page Ron!
(For more information on Shiloh visit Ron's excellent 4th Illinois web site at: Home of the 4th Illinois
"The Battle of Shiloh, or Pittsburg Landing, fought on Sunday and Monday,
the 6th and 7th of April, 1862, has been perhaps the less understood, or, to
state the case more accurately, more persistently misunderstood, than
any other engagement during the entire rebellion."
Ulysses S. Grant, General, U.S.A.
Sign at Shiloh Relics, near the National Park.
(Visit Rafael and Lori Eledge's relic shop
for Shiloh collectables at: Shiloh Relics)
Union soldiers at camp site, re-enactment grounds, eight miles from Shiloh Park.
"Ruggle's Confederate Cannons." Firing toward the Sunken Road.
Sherman and Grant. Note Grant with cane. His horse had fallen on him after the
first day of battle. The injury was so severe and the swelling so bad that his staff
had to cut his boot from his foot.
Tennessee River at Pittsburg Landing.
Area where Grant's horse fell on him.
"Demonstration" camp scene inside the park.
Col. John R. Buschman
Civil Air Patrol, Commander, Colorado Wing, and descendent of a 14th Wisconsin soldier,
visiting where his ancestor saw action.
If you have information on the 14th Wisconsin, please email Col. Buschmann at: Col. John Buschmann
Union cavalry and camp scene.
Missouri artillery wagon.
Union Troops on parade.
General Sherman enjoys a cigar.
Union Troops during inspection.
Union soldiers prepare for battle.
Union Cavalry charge.
A long line of blue.
Confederate Cavalry inside Shiloh Park, very near the Hornet's Nest.
Tennessee and Virginia Confederate camp inside the park.
Federal soldiers walking toward the Sunken Road (see split rail fence at left)
in Shiloh National Park.
The Confederate H. L. Hunley Submarine.
Mysteriously disappeared near Charleston, South Carolina, February 17, 1864 after sinking
the USS Houstonic -- the first submarine to ever sink a ship in battle.
Aboard the Hunley was Lt. George Dixon. Saved by a gold coin
at the Battle of Shiloh nearly two years earlier. Visit the official site of the
Hunley submarine at: Hunley
Sign at the Hunley exhibit.
The Hunley Coin Exhibit.
For over a century, scholars wondered whether the gold coin actually existed. According to legend, Lt. George E. Dixon, who commanded the Hunley on its historic mission, had a sweetheart named Queenie Bennett from Mobile, Alabama. When he went off to war, she gave Dixon a gold coin, as a good luck charm.
During the Battle of Shiloh, Dixon was shot, and the bullet struck the gold coin in his trousers pocket. The impact was said to have left the coin bent, with the bullet embedded in it. The gold coin had saved his life.
For 137 years, until last year, no one knew whether the story was true or merely a romantic tale from long ago. During the excavation, a $20 dollar gold piece minted in 1860 was discovered next to the remains of Lt. Dixon. It was deeply indented from the impact of a bullet and inscribed with the following words:
April 6, 1862
My life Preserver
G. E. D.
(Information borrowed from the Hunley web site.)
Confederate soldiers guard the Hunley Coin. The staff ordered a
"changing of the guards" at regular intervals. All men were asked to remove their
hats before entering the exhibit to view the coin.
The Confederates had secret weapons.
So did the Yankees. But theirs was a little more advanced.
The long suffering girl friend gets a treat after a hard day of "Civil War-ing."
My good friend, Bruce Schulze of Kingston, Oklahoma, has an excellent
web site about Shiloh, Vicksburg, and many other key battles
in the western theatre. All can be accessed through the following link:
Bruce Schulze's Civil War Album: Shiloh
Shiloh Battle Summary, through the Heritage Preservation Services: