Shiloh in Hardin County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
The Counterattack Buys Time
— Shiloh National Military Park —
General William T. Sherman
5th Division, Army of the Tennessee
Here, at noon on the first day, General Ulysses S. Grant's reinforced Union right slammed into disorganized Confederate troops in a timely counterattack. Union troops, commanded by Generals William T. Sherman and John A. McClernand, captured cannons and recovered some of McClernand's camps. Fierce fighting continued throughout the afternoon as Confederate troops, led by Generals William J. Hardee and Leonidas Polk, fought with equal determination. By mid-afternoon, the depleted Union ranks once again grudgingly gave ground, retiring northward. Ordered to hold, Sherman and McClernand withdrew fighting to a new, stronger position east of Tilghman Branch. The Union right successfully defended this final front and easily repulsed Confederate attempts to seize and hold ground east of the valley. Their efforts paid in blood for what Grant desperately needed—precious time.
• 1 Reorganized Union right forces the Confederates back.
• 2 The Confederate left attacks again, eventually forcing the Union right to retire northward.
• 3 The Federals Withdraw across Tilghman Branch and establish their final line.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. (Marker Number Stop 13.)
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° 8.451′ N, 88° 20.974′ W. Marker is in Shiloh, Tennessee, in Hardin County. Marker is on Jones Field Road north 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. Dresser's Battery (a few steps from this marker); 11th Iowa Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Cobb's Kentucky Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); 43rd Illinois Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 81st Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 17th Illinois Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Marsh's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 40th Illinois Infantry (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.)
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 78 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 17, 2021, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.