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

Follow, Not Go!

Beauregard Takes Command

— Shiloh National Military Park —

 
 
Follow, Not Go! Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, October 13, 2021
1. Follow, Not Go! Marker
Inscription.  General Pierre G.T. Beauregard took command of Army on Sunday afternoon, April 6, 1862 when General Albert Sidney Johnston died.

Prior to Johnston's death, Beauregard had supervised the Confederate left. Once in command, he moved his troops forward against strong Union resistance, ultimately capturing Federal troops in the Hornets' Nest. Near sundown, Beauregard decided to consolidate his exhausted and scattered forces. He suspended attacks and ordered his troops to retire for the night. He and his generals were extremely confident they had won a great victory and could finish off Grant's army the next day. This decision would haunt Beauregard his entire life.

On Monday morning, the presence of Federal reenforcements and a massive Union counterattack came as a complete surprise to Beauregard and his generals. Throughout the day, however, Beauregard demonstrated leadership and personal courage to grapple with the relentless attacks threatening to overrun his army. When admonished by subordinates for his perceived recklessness in personally leading the troops, he answered, "The order must now be 'follow,' not 'go'!" Not
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only were the southern ranks melting away, but the men were exhausted and Beauregard sensed "their spirits were close to being broken by the abrupt reversal of fortune."

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General Pierre G.T. Beauregard Army of the Mississippi

On at least two occasions, Beauregard seized the flags of disorganized regiments and led them forward.

 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. (Marker Number Stop 5.)
 
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° 8.031′ N, 88° 21.318′ W. Marker is in Shiloh, Tennessee, in Hardin County. Marker is on Confederate Road south of Hamburg Purdy Road, on the right 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. Violent Sabbath (here, next to this marker); Army of the Mississippi (here, next to this marker); Army of the Ohio (a few steps from this marker); Shiloh Church (a few steps from this marker); Army of the Tennessee (a few steps from this marker); Battery B, 1st Illinois Light Artillery (a few steps from this marker); Shiloh United Methodist Church
Follow, Not Go! Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, October 13, 2021
2. Follow, Not Go! Marker
(a few steps from this marker); Shiloh Log Church (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.) 
 
Shiloh Church Markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, October 13, 2021
3. Shiloh Church Markers
 
 
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 186 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 17, 2021, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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