The Battle of Shiloh Facts

The Battle of Shiloh Facts
The Battle of Shiloh was one of the bloodiest battles of the war. It was one of the largest battles in the Western Theater. Union troops, led by future president Ulysses S. Grant, were able to hold off an attack by the Confederates, although many criticized Grant's leadership on the first night of the war. President Abraham Lincoln ignored calls for Grant to lose his command.
Interesting The Battle of Shiloh Facts:
The battle was fought form April 6 to April 7, 1862.
The battle was one of the largest fought in the Western Theater. It occurred in I Hardin County in southwestern Tennessee.
The Union won the battle.
The Union had about 13,000 casualties and the Confederates had about 11,000.
The Armies of Tennessee and Ohio outnumber the Army of Mississippi by about 20,000 men.
Confederate troops led by Generals Albert Sidney Johnston and P.G.T. Beauregard attacked Union troops under the command of Major General Ulysses S. Grant. Grant had led his troops into Tennessee, where they set up camp at Pittsburg Landing along the west bank of the Tennessee River.
On the first day of the battle, the Confederates had a great deal of success and it appeared that they would be able to hold off the Union's advancement into Mississippi.
On the second day of the battle, Major General Don Carlos Buell arrived with the Army of Ohio. The Confederates had hoped to defeat the Union before Buell's men arrived, but they had not been able to do so.
Grant's troops were able to retreat to the northeast, near Pittsburg Landing, which gave them enough time to regroup.
Johnston was killed in battle on the first day.
Beauregard opted not to attack the Union the evening that Johnston was killed. This gave Buell's army and the remainder of Grant's troops time to get there to provide reinforcements.
This was one of the bloodiest battles of the war. Men on both sides could hear other soldiers crying out in agony throughout the night.
The Confederates took over the abandoned Union camps on the first night of the battle. This allowed them to take desperately needed supplies.
Beauregard sent a telegram to President Jefferson Davis on the first night, saying that he had achieved a "complete victory." This turned out to not be the case.
On the second day of the battle, the Union was able to force the Confederates to retreat. Despite the Union victory, Grant was heavily criticized in the newspapers for the performance of his troops on the first night of the battle.

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