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

Beauregard's Last Stand

— Shiloh National Military Park —

Beauregard's Last Stand Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, October 13, 2021
1. Beauregard's Last Stand Marker
Inscription.  Early in the afternoon of the second day, General Pierre G.T. Beauregard personally led his troops in several furious counterattacks against the surge of Union forces. Confederate infantry repeatedly charged through the shallow water of Water Oaks Pond to your right. After two hours of see-saw fighting, Beauregard realized that his exhausted troops were finished and ordered an orderly withdrawal from the field. Behind a strong rear guard to resist further Union attacks, Beauregard's bloodied army slowly retired southwest toward Corinth. As evening approached, having recovered all the ground lost the previous day, the exhausted Union forces halted their advance, and made their camp among the dead. The battle was over.

Again and again our troops were brought to the charge, invariably to win the position in issue; invariably to drive back their foe. But hour by hour, thus opposed to an enemy constantly re-enforced, our ranks were perceptibly thinned under the unceasing, withering fire of the enemy and...eighteen hours of hard fighting had sensibly exhausted a large number.
General Pierre G.T. Beauregard
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• 1 Beauregard's counterattack is a desperate effort to halt the Union onslaught.
• 2 Beauregard supervises a fighting withdrawal from the field, while Union forces reclaim all ground lost the previous day.

Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. (Marker Number Stop 14.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is April 7, 1862.
Location. 35° 8.313′ N, 88° 21.059′ W. Marker is in Shiloh, Tennessee, in Hardin County. Marker is on Jones Field Road north of Hamburg Purdy Road, on the left 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. Confederate Retreat (a few steps from this marker); Tennessee Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Rutledge's Tennessee Battery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wood's Brigade (about 300 feet away); 30th Indiana Infantry (about 300 feet away); 32nd Indiana Infantry (about 400 feet away); 46th Illinois Infantry (about 400 feet away); 11th Iowa Infantry (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shiloh.
Also see . . .  Shiloh National Military Park. National Park Service
Beauregard's Last Stand Marker at Water Oaks Pond image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, October 13, 2021
2. Beauregard's Last Stand Marker at Water Oaks Pond
(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 85 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 17, 2021, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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