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

The Battle Begins

 

— Shiloh National Military Park —

 
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By Bernard Fisher, October 13, 2021
1. The Battle Begins Marker
Inscription.  Alerted by the Confederate shots fired on his patrol, Major James E. Powell slowly advanced his infantry to this point. His skirmish line entered Fraley Field just before dawn on April 6, 1862. The first soldiers wounded or killed that day fell here as Powell's men returned the musket volley they received from Major Aaron B. Hardcastle's Mississippi battalion. Hardcastle's battalion, part of the Confederate picket line, was positioned on the high ground in front of you where Fraley and Wood's fields meet.

The evenly matched firefight in these fields and surrounding woods lasted about an hour before General Albert Sidney Johnston launched his attack, forcing Powell to retreat. The battle had begun. During the next 34 hours, nearly 24,000 men would be killed, wounded, or captured in the Battle of Shiloh.

The enemy opened a heavy fire on us at a distance of about 200 yards, but most...passed over us. We returned the fire immediately and kept it up.
Major Aaron B. Hardcastle
3rd Mississippi Battalion

(captions)
Major Aaron B. Hardcastle

•1 Hardcastle's and Powell's troops
The Battle Begins Marker at Fraley Field image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 13, 2021
2. The Battle Begins Marker at Fraley Field
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skirmish between 5:00 am and 6:00 am.
•2 Johnston's army starts the attack at 6:00 am.
•3 Powell retreats as the Confederate Army advances.

 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. (Marker Number Stop 7.)
 
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° 7.231′ N, 88° 21.523′ W. Marker is in Shiloh, Tennessee, in Hardin County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Corinth Road and Reconnoitering 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. 25th Missouri Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Peabody's Hunch (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); 8th and 9th Arkansas Battalions (about 500 feet away); 7th Arkansas and 2d Arkansas (about 700 feet away); 3rd Mississippi Infantry Battalion (approx. 0.2 miles away); 21st Missouri and Pickets (approx. 0.2 miles away); 21st Missouri and pickets (approx. 0.4 miles away); Confederate Attack (approx. 0.4 miles 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 57 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 17, 2021, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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