Shiloh in Hardin County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Conquer or Perish
— Shiloh National Military Park —
The battle began early on Sunday morning, April 6, 1862. By mid-morning, the tide of battle favored the Confederates, as two frontline Union divisions, despite a stubborn defense, were driven north from their camps. Johnston personally encouraged his troops, proclaiming, "Today, we must conquer or perish." Then, at mid-afternoon, while personally directing an attack, Johnston was fatally wounded. As second in command, General Pierre G.T. Beauregard assumed command of the Confederate forces. The Confederates ended the day sure of their victory. The next day, however, with Buell's army having arrived on the battlefield overnight, the tide of battle rapidly reversed, turning against the Confederates and forcing them
I searched but found no [visible] wound upon his body...he expired without pain a few moments after, and about fifteen minutes after he received his death-wound.
Colonel William Preston
Volunteer Aide-de-Camp to General Johnston
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. (Marker Number Stop 17.)
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° 7.794′ N, 88° 19.772′ W. Marker is in Shiloh, Tennessee, in Hardin County. Marker can be reached from Hamburg Savannah 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. Death of General Johnston (a few steps from this marker); General Albert Sidney Johnston (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named General Albert Sidney Johnston (within shouting distance of this marker); 9th Illinois Infantry (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named 9th Illinois Infantry (about 400 feet away); Battery A, 1st Illinois Artillery 26th Alabama - 21st Alabama (about 500 feet away); Chalmers' 2nd Brigade (about 500 feet 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 159 times since then and 91 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 17, 2021, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.