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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Apr 2018 2:42 p.m. PST

"As the first truly revolutionary battle of the Civil War, it is useful to reflect on the Battle of Shiloh in order to develop insights into the nature of strategy and leadership that are relevant to decision-makers in the 21st-century world.

The spring of 1862 was a happy time for the Union soldiers in the Army of the Tennessee. In General Ulysses Grant they had a commander who had just rocketed to fame, they were buoyed by the recent and stunning Union victory at Fort Donelson, and now they were part of an audacious plan to invade the Confederacy. Adding to their satisfaction was an innovation in military logistics: instead of marching to their destination, a fleet of riverboats had carried them down the Tennessee River. One of Grant's divisions (6,000 soldiers under General Lew Wallace) disembarked at Crump's Landing. The rest of his army (five divisions totaling about 37,000 soldiers) disembarked six miles further south at Pittsburg Landing. The fields next to Pittsburg Landing (which featured a small church called Shiloh Chapel) soon blossomed with hundreds of tents as carefree young Union soldiers tried out their new weapons and generally familiarized themselves with the daily routine of army life. As they waited for the 35,000 soldiers of the Army of the Ohio under General Don Carlos Buell to join them, they and their commander spent their days thinking about what they would do to the Confederate army opposing them. They should have spent more time thinking about what the Confederates might do to them…."
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donlowry07 Apr 2018 8:47 a.m. PST

a fleet of riverboats had carried them down the Tennessee River.

That part of the Tennessee River (now Kentucky Lake) runs south to north, so the boats took them UP the river, not down.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Apr 2018 10:13 a.m. PST

Good point my friend.!


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