Shadow of Shiloh

Shadow of Shiloh

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Thirty-two years after the battle of Shiloh, Lew Wallace returned to the battlefield, mapping the route of his April 1862 march. Ulysses S. Grant, Wallace's commander at Shiloh, expected Wallace and his Third Division to arrive early in the afternoon of April 6. Wallace and his men, however, did not arrive until nightfall, and in the aftermath of the bloodbath of Shiloh Grant attributed Wallace's late arrival to a failure to obey orders. By mapping the route of his march and proving how and where he had actually been that day, the sixty-seven-year-old Wallace hoped to remove the stigma of qShiloh and its slanders.q That did not happen. Shiloh still defines Wallace's military reputation, overshadowing the rest of his stellar military career and making it easy to forget that in April 1862 he was a rising military star, the youngest major general in the Union army. Wallace was devoted to the Union, but he was also pursuing glory, fame, and honor when he volunteered to serve in April 1861. In Shadow of Shiloh: Major General Lew Wallace in the Civil War, author Gail Stephens specifically addresses Wallace's military career and its place in the larger context of Civil War military history.Simon, ed., The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, 31 vols. ... 2006), 79a€“80; The War ofthe Rebellion:A Compilation ofthe Official Records ofthe Union and Confederate Armies, 70 vols., CD-ROM (Carmel: Guild Press of Indiana, 1997), 1, 16, 2, 642 (hereafter cited as OR); Francis H. Kennedy, The Civil War Battlefield Guide, 2nd ed. (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1998), 129. 5. Stephen D. Engle, Don Carlos Buell: Most Promising ofAll (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999), 323.

Title:Shadow of Shiloh
Author:Gail Stephens
Publisher:Indiana Historical Society - 2010


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