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

Defeated Victory

The Confederate Memorial

— Shiloh National Military Park —

 
 
Defeated Victory Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, October 13, 2021
1. Defeated Victory Marker
Inscription.  This memorial honors the South's "Lost Cause” on Shiloh battlefield. Here, on April 6, 1862, Confederate troops victoriously encircled and captured more than 2,250 Union troops. The United Daughters of the Confederacy erected the memorial in 1917 to commemorate the great victory seemingly achieved, but ultimately denied the Confederacy at Shiloh.

The central figures depict Sculptor Frederick Hibbard's "Defeated Victory." The Confederacy (center) surrenders the laurel wreath of victory to Death (on her right) and Night (on her left). Death took the Confederate commander-in-chief, while Night brought Union reinforcements.

An Infantryman has snatched up the Confederate flag in defiance of the United States Army. By his side, an Artilleryman calmly gazes through the smoke of battle.

A Cavalryman spreads his hand in frustration, unable to penetrate Shiloh's forest. The rear figure represents the Confederate officer corps, his head bowed because of his failure to bring victory.

These soldiers, their ranks diminished by the first day's deadly fight, represent the second day's
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battle. Their faces express the sorrow of men who fought so hard for victory and so unexpectedly lost.

General Albert Sidney Johnston, the Confederate commander at Shiloh, remains the highest-ranking American officer to die in combat.

These eleven soldiers represent the eleven Confederate states and the spirit of the first day's battle. Exuberant, hopeful, courageous, and fearless, the young Confederates advance into battle.

Three plaques on the rear wall provide information about the monument's design and construction.

 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. (Marker Number Stop 2.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1917.
 
Location. 35° 8.414′ N, 88° 20.107′ W. Marker is in Shiloh, Tennessee, in Hardin County. Marker is on Confederate Road south of Hamburg Savannah Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shiloh TN 38376, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Surrender in the Thicket (here, next to this marker); Confederate Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Confederate Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); 5th Tennessee Infantry
Defeated Victory Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, October 13, 2021
2. Defeated Victory Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); 22nd Tennessee Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 15th Michigan Infantry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 14th Wisconsin Infantry (about 300 feet away); 58th Illinois Infantry (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shiloh.
 
Also see . . .  Shiloh National Military Park. National Park Service (Submitted on October 17, 2021.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 17, 2021, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 261 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 17, 2021, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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