April 6-7 1862

Photos by Christine Walters October 2008

Tennessee Monument

Headquarters General U.S. Grant
The night of April 6, 1862

General Grand in his memoirs says -
"During the night rain fell in torrents and our troops were exposed without shelter.
I made my headquarters under a tree a few hundred yards back from the River Bank."
The large oak tree referred to, standing where this marker now stands, was destroyed by cyclone October 14, 1909

7th Illinois Infantry -

Sweeny's 3rd Brig / W.H.L Wallace's 2nd Div.

Army of the Tennessee

This regiment occupied this position Sunday Night April 6, 1862

it was in Jones Field on Monday

8th IL / 18th ILL / 13th Iowa
Hare's (1st) Brig., McClerndands' (1st) Div.,
Army of the Tennessee
These regiments occupied this part of the line at 5 p.m. throught thenight. They served with Tuttle's command on Monday and were engaged south west of Review Field.

15th IL / 25th IN

Veatch's (2nd) Brig.,

Hurlbuts (4th Div

Army of the Tennessee

These regiments occupied this position Sunday afternoon and night, April 6, 1862

28th Ill., 32nd Ill., 41st Ill.

Williams (1st) Brig.,

Hurlbut's (4th) Div.,

Army of the Tennessee

These regiments occupied this position from 4:30 p.m. April 6, 1862
until morning of April 7th when they were engaged in Jones Field.

29th Illinois Infantry

Raith's (3rd) brig.,
McClernand's (1st) Div.

Army of the Tennessee

These regiments were in position here Sunday afternoon and night, April 6, 1862

57th Illinois Infantry

Sweeny's (3rd) Brig.

W.H.L. Wallace's (2nd) Div.,

Army of the Tennessee

Sunday Night occupied this position from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 6, 1862.

Shiloh UnitedMethodist Church

In 1851 John J. Ellis donated 4 acres to the Methodist Episcopal Churcy, South, for a house of worship. The original church was constructed of rough hewn logs and was about 25 xby 30 feet in dimensions. The name of Shiloh, from which the Civil War battle received its name, means "House of Peace." During April 6-7, 1862, the church was the scene of heavy fighting between Union and Confederate forces. The church was destroyed soon after the battle. After the war, worship was resumed in a brush arbor. About 1875 a wood frame structure was erected on the original site. The present structure was begun with native stone in 1929. Construction was discontinued due to a lack of funds. It was completed and dedicated in 1952.

Old Log Cabin adjacent to Shiloh Church

Alabama Monument

Michigan Monument
This Monument is erected and dedicated by "The People of Michigan To the Memory of Her Soldiers" who fought and fell in "The Battle of Shiloh"

The 12th Michigan Infantry met the first confederate line in the early morning of April 6th 1862, and helped to resist its sudden advance. 27 killed, 54 mounded, 109 missing - Total 190 men

The 15th Michicagn Infantry, unassigned, although not supplied with ammunition, moved to the front as the battle opened. Endeavoring to meet the confederates with bayonets, but was forced to return to the landing for ammunition. After which it "fought with conspicious gallantry" until the close of the battle. Losing 23 killed, 74 wounded, 5 missing - total 102 men.

Ross' battery B, Michigan light artillery was conspicuous in the desperate struggles of the first day, in the "Peach Orchard" and near the "Bloody Pond". Fighting until ordered to retire. While preparing to execute this order, it was charged and captured by confederate cavalry within a few feet of where this monument stands, losing four of its six guns. Loses - 5 wouned, 56 missing - total 61 men.

More enduring than this granite will be the gratitude of Michigan, to her soldiers of Shiloh.

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