Near Shiloh in Hardin County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
According to Ruggles' official report, there were 62 cannon here - the greatest concentration of field guns seen on a North American battlefield up to that time.
For more than an hour the Confederate artillery roared, unleashing a great storm of shot, shell, and canister that kept the Union soldiers in the "Hornets' Nest" pinned down. Confederate infantry then encircled the Hornets' Nest and forced its defenders to surrender.
Ruggles' Batteries - April 6, 1862 - p.m.
The cannon you see today mark the locations of Ruggles' batteries. Although not the same cannon used in the battle, they compose one of the best collections of Civil War field artillery in existence.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil
Location. 35° 8.279′ N, 88° 20.558′ W. Marker is near Shiloh, Tennessee, in Hardin County. Marker is on Corinth-Pittsburg Landing Road, on the left when traveling west. Located in Duncan Field at stop four, Ruggles Battery, on the driving tour of Shiloh National Military Park. 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. Ketchum's Alabama Battery (a few steps from this marker); Crescent (La.) Regiment (a few steps from this marker); 6th Mississippi and 23d Tennessee (within shouting distance of this marker); Walker's (2nd) Tennessee Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Byrne's Mississippi Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); 38th Tennessee Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington (La.) Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Ross (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shiloh.
More about this marker. In the center is a drawing showing Confederate guns in action. The combined guns of Ruggles' batteries could fire more than 180 rounds every minute - three rounds per second! The noise was deafening. To the right is a portrait of Gen. Ruggles. Brig. Gen. Daniel Ruggles, a West Point graduate, was convinced that Confederate infantry needed artillery support to conquer the Hornet's Nest. Furthest right is a map depicting unit positions at this stage of the battle. At the top of the marker is a time line indicating the length of the battle and when Ruggles massed batteries here.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Ruggles' Batteries tour by markers and monuments.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,685 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 20, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5. submitted on July 26, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 6. submitted on December 3, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.