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

Impenetrable Thicket

The Hornets' Nest

— Shiloh National Military Park —

 
 
Impenetrable Thicket Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, October 13, 2021
1. Impenetrable Thicket Marker
Inscription.  Here, in the early afternoon of the first day, Union troops stubbornly defended the center of General Ulysses S. Grant's ragged three-mile battlefront. Deployed in a dense oak thicket, Union infantry, supported by six artillery batteries of four to six cannons each, easily repulsed several piecemeal Confederate assaults. Most of the Confederate army was engaged elsewhere on the battlefield, leaving only isolated brigades to attack Grant's center. Colonel Randall L. Gibson, under General Braxton Bragg, commanded one such brigade. Gibson's troops, unsupported by artillery, made at least three attempts to break the Union line. Each assault stalled in the "impenetrable thicket" and his infantry was decimated. Although these attacks failed, the Confederates gained ground elsewhere on the battlefield.

The regiment...entered a dense thicket of undergrowth...Here we engaged the enemy three different times, and braved a perfect rain of bullets, shot, and shell. Exposed, facing great odds, with the enemy in front and on the flank, the regiment endured a murderous fire until endurance ceased to be a virtue.
Colonel James
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F. Fagan
1st Arkansas Infantry

 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. (Marker Number Stop 10.)
 
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° 8.128′ N, 88° 20.276′ W. Marker is in Shiloh, Tennessee, in Hardin County. Marker is on Eastern Corinth Road north of Hamburg Purdy Road, on the right when traveling north. 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. 14th Iowa Infantry Regiment (a few steps from this marker); Arkansas Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Munch's Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); "Hornets Nest" (within shouting distance of this marker); 21st Missouri Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); First Minnesota Light Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Surrender of the Hornets' Nest (within shouting distance of this marker); 9th Arkansas Battalion - 8th Arkansas - 27th Tennessee - 44th Tennessee (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.)
Impenetrable Thicket Marker at the Sunken Road image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, October 13, 2021
2. Impenetrable Thicket Marker at the Sunken Road
 
 
 
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 180 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 17, 2021, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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