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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 16. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Battle of Shiloh: refutation of the so-called lost opportunity, on the evening of April 6th, 1862. (search)
licts. Colonel Fagan, of Gibson's brigade, writing as early as the 9th of April, states: It was late in the afternoon when the enemy was repulsed, and was followed in the direction of the river (after the capture of Prentiss). That night we slept in the enemy's tents, worn with fatigue, decimated in numbers, but elated that such a hard-fought day had such a glorious close. —(Ibid, page 488.) Evidently Colonel Fagan had not heard of the Lost opportunity when he wrote, nor had Colonel H. W. Allen at the date of his report of April 10th, neither had Captain Dubroca (of the Thirteenth Louisiana), who commanded the regiment at the close of the action. Colonel Hodge, of the Nineteenth Louisiana (Gibson's brigade), is thus specific as to the lateness of the hour: After the enemy were driven from this stronghold (which Prentiss and Wallace had held), we, with several brigades, moved towards the river. It was then nigh sunset. In accordance with your order (Gibson's) we comm