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

Thunder in the Thicket

Cannon Unleashed

— Shiloh National Military Park —

 
 
Thunder in the Thicket Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, October 13, 2021
1. Thunder in the Thicket Marker
Inscription.  After six hours of bloody fighting, a strong Union force still held the dense oak thicket choking the center of the battlefield. Confederate leaders realized infantry alone would not break this force. Needing more might, they began to shift artillery batteries to engage the Union strong point. As battery commanders brought forward guns from various parts of the battlefield, they soon amassed the largest concentration of field guns yet witnessed on a North American battlefield—more than 50 cannons deployed along a half-mile frontage, extending from this point south (front). For more than an hour, the Confederate guns pounded the thicket. This great storm of firepower kept the Union defenders pinned down while Confederate infantry moved to encircle the thicket, eventually forcing surrender.

The enemy's right gave way...but the center and the left held. I...set to work to gather...fragments of batteries, scattered about in all directions, and held them under cover of a skirt of woods on the further side of a...field until all were ready. The order was that when the piece on the left advanced and fired all were to come into
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action. The fire opened beautifully.

Captain Francis A. Shoup
Chief of Artillery, Hardee's Corps

(captions)
Captain Francis A. Shoup

1 • Confederates deploy more than 50 cannons along a half-mile frontage
2 • Union troops attempt to escape the Confederate encirclement.

 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. (Marker Number Stop 4.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is April 6, 1862.
 
Location. 35° 8.278′ N, 88° 20.558′ W. Marker is in Shiloh, Tennessee, in Hardin County. Marker is on Confederate Road east of Eastern Corinth Road, on the left when traveling east. 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. Ruggles' Batteries (here, next to 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);
Thunder in the Thicket Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, October 13, 2021
2. Thunder in the Thicket Marker
38th Tennessee Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington (La.) Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker). 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.) 
 
Thunder in the Thicket Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, October 13, 2021
3. Thunder in the Thicket Marker
Ruggles' Battery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, October 13, 2021
4. Ruggles' Battery
 
 
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 219 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 17, 2021, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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