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Near Shiloh in Hardin County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Ruggles' Batteries
 
Ruggles' Batteries Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
1. Ruggles' Batteries Marker
 
Inscription. After six hours of bloody fighting here, it became evident that Confederate infantry alone would not break the strong Union defenses along the Sunken Road and the thickets beyond. Toward late afternoon, Brig. Gen. Daniel Ruggles brought forward eleven batteries of artillery and placed them in a line that began here and extended to your right along the wooded edge of Duncan Field and beyond.

According to Ruggles' official report, there were 62 cannon here - the greatest concentration of field guns seen on a North American battlefield up to that time.

For more than an hour the Confederate artillery roared, unleashing a great storm of shot, shell, and canister that kept the Union soldiers in the "Hornets' Nest" pinned down. Confederate infantry then encircled the Hornets' Nest and forced its defenders to surrender.

Ruggles' Batteries - April 6, 1862 - p.m.
The cannon you see today mark the locations of Ruggles' batteries. Although not the same cannon used in the battle, they compose one of the best collections of Civil War field artillery in existence.
 
Location. 35° 8.279′ N, 88° 20.558′ W. Marker is near Shiloh, Tennessee, in Hardin County. Marker is on Corinth-Pittsburg Landing Road, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Located in Duncan Field at stop four, Ruggles Battery, on the driving tour of Shiloh National Military Park. Marker is in this post office area: Shiloh TN 38376, United States of America.
 
Battle Map Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
2. Battle Map
 

 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ketchum's Alabama Battery (a few steps from this marker); Crescent (La.) Regiment (a few steps from this marker); 6th Mississippi and 23d Tennessee (within shouting distance of this marker); Walker's (2nd) Tennessee Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Byrne's Mississippi Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); 38th Tennessee Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington (La.) Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Ross (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Shiloh.
 
More about this marker. In the center is a drawing showing Confederate guns in action. The combined guns of Ruggles' batteries could fire more than 180 rounds every minute - three rounds per second! The noise was deafening. To the right is a portrait of Gen. Ruggles. Brig. Gen. Daniel Ruggles, a West Point graduate, was convinced that Confederate infantry needed artillery support to conquer the Hornet's Nest. Furthest right is a map depicting unit positions at this stage of the battle. At the top of the marker is a time line indicating the length of the battle and when Ruggles massed batteries here.
 
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Ruggles' Batteries Wayside Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
3. Ruggles' Batteries Wayside
The wayside is one of several on the park which feature an audio recording to offer visitors additional information.
 
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Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Ruggles' Batteries tour by markers and monuments.
 
Also see . . .  Report of Brigadier General Daniel Ruggles. General Ruggles wrote:
Discovering the enemy in considerable numbers moving through the forest on the lower margin of the open field in front, I obtained Trabue's and Stanford's light batteries and brought them into action, and directed their fire on masses of the enemy then pressing forward toward our right, engaged in a fierce contest with our forces then advancing against him in that direction. I directed my staff officers at the same time to bring forward all the field guns they could collect from the left toward the right as rapidly as possible.... (Submitted on July 20, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Ruggles' Batteries Today Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
4. Ruggles' Batteries Today
A row of antique Civil War era cannon represent the massed batteries.
 
 
Other End of Ruggles Line Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
5. Other End of Ruggles Line
At the other end of the line is Byrne's Battery, with Hubbard's Battery seen in the distance.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on July 20, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 975 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 20, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on July 26, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
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