The Road to Shiloh: Early Battles in the West

The Road to Shiloh: Early Battles in the West

Time-Life Books

Language: English

Pages: 184

ISBN: 0809447177

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Time-Life Civil War Series 5 of 27

Although the battles of the Army of the Potomac in the Eastern Theater garner most of the historical interest, the battles in the West were arguably more significant. In "The Road to Shiloh: Early Battles in the West," David Nevin and the Editors of Time-Life Books cover General Ulysses Grant's campaign in Tennessee in 1861-62. Chapter 1, "The Struggle for Missouri," covers the Battle of Wilson's Creek that proved pivotal for the control of this border state. Chapter 2, "The Go-ahead General," details the path by which Grant came to command the Union Army in the West (including that infamous photo of Grant with a fully cultivated square-cut beard). Chapter 3, "Clash at Fort Donelson," relates how Grant followed up his successfully attack on Fort Henry with an attack that would give the Federals control of the Cumberland River. Chapter 4, "The Devil's Own Day," covers the first day of the Battle of Shiloh, in which the Union army was almost routed one of the bloodiest days of the war; this chapter includes Theophile Poilpot's 400 foot long panoramic painting of the battle for the Hornet's Nest. Chapter 5, "An Incomplete Victory," tells how Grant and Sherman defeated Johnston's Confederate Army. Like all of the volumes in the Time-Life Civil War series, "The Road to Shiloh" provides dozens of contemporary illustrations, photographs, paintings, and the like. My one complaint is that if you read these volumes a lot, and it is hard not to, they tend to fall apart. The cover ends up being a nice gray folder. The rest of Grant's Western Campaign including the siege of Vicksburg is covered in the volume "War on the Mississippi."

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was a brigadier general who had left Army seven years earlier under a cloud and had spent months trying to find his way War. Fremont was imbrigadier's "dogged persis- into the pressed by the tence" and "iron will." So he gave the Cairo command to Ulvsses S. Grant. 33 General Grant's Strategic Mudhole Cairo, Illinois, the headquarters and stag- new Federal army, had the raw look and racy atmosphere of a frontier boom town when General Ulysses S. Grant took command in September of

three miles below Fort Donelson. General Wallace and the troops from Fort Henry also arrived, and most of the new men were formed in a third division the fort, threatening the road south over arrived and tied under Wallace. Grant asked Foote to attack the fort immediately. Foote agreed with re- had only the meager reconnaissance provided by Captain Henry Walke, luctance; he who had 82 arrived early on the Carondelet and which the Confederates might escape and bombarding their trenches

Nashville sick, suffering from the effects of those foundry's precious machinery for rifling can- winter storms that had brought such misery non and shipped to equipment it with other ordnance Donelson. But he kept his troops moving mo- south; and by the time they crossed the Ten- men went drifting down the lowed him, and Forrest turned and bloodied Alabama and were once again in country that could be defended, Johnston had restored their hope and their elan. The War was not over

invaded its nest of Camp magnoha The was still concealed in Payne's coat when, on October 16, 1862, he and most of his comrades were sent back to Mississippi in an exchange of prisoners. There, at last, Payne returned the eaglets in a flag to his tree. flag regiment. 99 Claish at Fort Donclsorv 100 The 51st Re^ment of Ohio Volunteers holds a dress parade in NashvLUe. Tennessee, on .March 4, 1S62. The first captured capital of a Confederate state, Nashville was to remain an

in homes and stores, on sidewalks and porches and railroad platforms. As news of the terrible casualties women came from all over the area to spread, serve as nurses. Doctors worked collapsed of exhaustion. Men for until they languished days with wounds untreated. Gangrene and the surgeons hurried to amputate. The pile of amputated limbs in the yard of the Tishomingo Hotel grew larger and larger. Eight out of 10 amputees died set in within a few days. among Infection spread fast

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