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Battle of Shiloh. [from the Atlanta Journal, July, 1901.]

How the Federal advance in the West was crushed.



Some very gallant fighting.

What Beauregard and Grant said about It—The losses were very Heavy—Figures showing the forces Engaged—Longstreet not in fight.


The author of the short sketch of the battle of Shiloh, which appeared in the Journal on last Saturday, was mistaken in some of his statements concerning that memorable conflict.

In the first place the Confederates did not capture the division of General Prentiss, ‘without the firing of a gun.’ Although the division was surprised, it made a gallant fight and did not surrender until late in the afternoon—about half-past 5 o'clock, says General Prentiss. General Beauregard, who took command of the Confederates [358] upon the death of General Albert Sidney Johnston, says: ‘By 5 o'clock the whole Federal army except Prentiss's division with a part of W. H. L. Wallace's, had receded to the river bank, and the indomitable force which under Prentiss still contested the field was being environed on its left by brigades from the divisions of Breckinridge, Cheatham, and Withers, in that quarter. It remains to be said that Prentiss was equally encompassed on the other flank by a part of Ruggle's division together with some of General Polk's corps. Thus surrounded on all sides that officer whose division had been the first to come into collision with us that morning, stoutly keeping the field to the last, was now forced to surrender in person, just after 5:30 P. M., with some 2,200 officers and men.’

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