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

Violent Sabbath

— Shiloh National Military Park —

 
 
Violent Sabbath Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, October 13, 2021
1. Violent Sabbath Marker
Inscription.  Early morning musketry a mile south awakened General William T. Sherman's Union soldiers camped around Shiloh Church. The approaching Confederate onslaught alerted Sherman's men this fight was more than a mere skirmish. Over the next four hours, one-third of General Albert Sidney Johnston's Confederate Army slammed into Sherman's force. General John A. McClernand rushed infantry and artillery to Sherman's support as the Confederates struggled across swampy Shiloh Branch (front). These attacks by five brigades upon a front capable of supporting only a single brigade—through nearly impassable terrain under heavy fire—produced great confusion and terrible casualties for the Confederates. Nevertheless, Sherman's defense crumbled after Johnston overran Prentiss' Union camps a mile east (left). Outflanked, Sherman abandoned this front and retired north.

The enemy poured such a destructive fire upon our ranks that we were unable to stand it...Our menfell back a short distance, when Colonel Bate rallied them for another charge. We almost [went] as far this time as we did the first, but were compelled to retreat again.
Sergeant
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Robert D. Smith
Co. B, 2nd Tennessee Infantry

 
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° 8.028′ N, 88° 21.319′ 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. Shiloh Church (here, next to this marker); Follow, Not Go! (here, next to this marker); Army of the Mississippi (a few steps from this marker); Army of the Ohio (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 (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.) 
 
Violent Sabbath Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, October 13, 2021
2. Violent Sabbath Marker
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 156 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 17, 2021, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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