The battle of Shiloh.
The 6th of April, 1862, was a day fraught with momentous issues for the future of the American Republic
The evening of the 5th had witnessed the concentration of a great army, whose leaders had boastingly declared in the pride of their strength should, on the coming morn, overwhelm and destroy the army of the Union
which lay encamped in conscious security around the wilderness church of Shiloh
At no period during our prolonged and sanguinary civil war was the Union
more imperiled than on that eventful Saturday evening. The battle of Shiloh
was the first decisive and, pre-eminently, the most important of the war. Defeat then would have been the greatest disaster that could have befallen the arms of the Union
The country can never know the full danger of that hour, and the pen of the historian can never portray the peril which hung over the Army of the Tennessee.
Congress received the announcement of events then culminating in “profound silence,” the official dispatch of victory declared it was “the hardest battle ever fought on this continent,” the President
proclaimed a day of fasting and prayer for the great deliverance by this and other achievements of our arms; but the peril of the army, the severity of the battle, and the magnitude of the victory will, perhaps, never be fully known or appreciated.
says, in his report: “There was the most continuous firing of artillery and musketry ever heard on this continent kept up until nightfall ;” and the Southern
accounts describe it as the “most sanguinary battle in history, in proportion to the numbers engaged.”
We propose to give a succinct and