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Shiloh in Hardin County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Peach Orchard

 
 
The Peach Orchard Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
1. The Peach Orchard Marker
Inscription. This was the scene of intense fighting on Sunday afternoon as Federal troops stubbornly resisted Confederate charges through the peach trees. Peach blossoms ripped off by minie balls fell like snow.

A Union soldier who faced the Confederate onslaught described the heavy artillery fire: "Everywhere around us the storm began to rage: shot, shell... canister came howling and whistling through our lines. The very trees seemed to protest against it. Missiles flew everywhere."

Successive Confederate infantry charges finally broke the blue line, and Federals retreated in disorder back toward Pittsburg Landing. The next day, however, a reinforced Union army won this ground back.

Manse George Cabin
At the time of the battle, this land was owned and farmed by the W. Manse George family. When the fighting started, the family fled. Later they returned to find their home burned and possessions destroyed.

After the battle, a cabin from another part of the battlefield was moved here to replace the one swept away by war. The short path to your right leads to this historic building.
 
Location. 35° 7.944′ N, 88° 19.911′ W. Marker is in Shiloh, Tennessee, in Hardin County. Marker is on Hamburg-Savannah Road, on the left when traveling
Close Up of Map, Timeline, and Cabin Drawing Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
2. Close Up of Map, Timeline, and Cabin Drawing
north. Click for map. Located at stop 13, the peach orchard, of the driving tour of Shiloh National Military Park. Marker is in this post office area: Shiloh TN 38376, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 61st Illinois Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Bowen's Brigade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 28th Illinois Infantry (about 400 feet away); Bloody Pond (about 400 feet away); 2nd Iowa Infantry (about 500 feet away); Mann's Battery (about 500 feet away); Terrill's Battery (about 600 feet away); 32d Illinois Infantry (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Shiloh.
 
More about this marker. In the center is a drawing depicting the fighting in the peach orchard. Union troops under Brig. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut held back the Confederate tide for several hours at the peach orchard. Losses were heavy on both sides. To the right is a drawing depicting the George cabin and a map showing the locations of the respective sides at this phase of the battle - the afternoon of April 6, 1862. At the top of the marker is a time line indicating the length of the battle and when the fighting in the Peach Orchard occurred.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Peach Orchard Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
3. The Peach Orchard Marker
Trail to the Manse George Cabin Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
4. Trail to the Manse George Cabin
The Manse George Cabin Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
5. The Manse George Cabin
Peach Trees Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
6. Peach Trees
The wire shields around the peach trees are to protect a repopulated orchard.
 

 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,378 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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