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Battle of Shiloh - Battle Begins

April 6 - 7, 1862

What do you know about Battle of Shiloh?
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Battle of Shiloh by Thure de Thulstrup1) After the losses of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson in February 1862, the commanding Confederate general withdrew his forces into western Tennessee, northern Mississippi, and Alabama to reorganize.

  • True or False?

2) In early March, Union Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck, commander of the Western Theater, responded by ordering Grant to advance his Army of West Tennessee on an invasion up the Tennessee River.
What would Grants unit become known as?

  1. Army of the Lincoln
  2. Army of the Tennessee
  3. Army of the Colorado

3) Because of professional and personal animosity toward Grant, Halleck initially designated a Grant's subordinate to lead the expedition, while Grant sat idly at Fort Henry. After President Abraham Lincoln intervened with Halleck and he was injured, Grant was restored to full command.
In the beginning, who lead the expedition?

  1. Maj. Gen. C.F. Smith
  2. Maj. Gen. W.T. Sherman
  3. Maj. Gen. Mathew Ridgeway

4) Grant's orders from Halleck were to link up with Don Carlos Buell's Army of the Ohio, marching from Nashville, and advance south in a joint offensive to seize the railroad a vital supply line between the Mississippi River Valley, Memphis, and Richmond.
What was the name of the railroad?

  1. Richmond & New Orleans Railroad
  2. Memphis & Charleston Railroad
  3. Vicksburg, Memphis & Richmond Railroad

5) Grant's army of 48,894 men consisted of six divisions.
Who was NOT a division commander?

  1. John A. McClernand
  2. Stephen A. Hurlbut
  3. Samuel Clemens

6) Five of the divisions were encamped on the western edge of the Tennessee River. At Pittsburg Landing Grant's army was spread out in bivouac style, many around the small log church.  The church was named after the Hebrew word that means "place of peace".
What is the name?

  1. Shalom
  2. Shiloh
  3. Lamed

7) Albert Sidney Johnston concentrated almost 55,000 men around Corinth, Mississippi, about 20 miles southwest of Grant's position.
What did he name his newly assembled force?

  1. Army of the South
  2. Army of Tennessee
  3. Army of Mississippi

8) Albert Sidney Johnston organized his force into four large corps.
Who was NOT a corps commander?

  1. Leonidas Polk
  2. Braxton Bragg
  3. John S. Patton

9) Johnston's plan was to attack Grant's left and separate the Union army from its gunboat support (and avenue of retreat) on the Tennessee River, driving it west into the swamps of Snake and Owl Creeks, where it could be destroyed.

  • True or False?

10) Johnston had to delay his attack.
What was the original target date?

  1. April 1
  2. April 3
  3. April 4

Battle of Shiloh - Battle Begins

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