Tag Archives: Battle of Shiloh

20 April 1862: “This is Easter Sunday, at the commencement of Lent the Yankee papers said that in forty days the stars and stripes should float over New Orleans, their boast has not been verified.”

Item description: In this diary entry, Sarah Lois Wadley (1844-1920) describes the Battle of Shiloh and the Confederate loss of Ft. Pulaski. More about Sarah Lois Wadley: Sarah Lois Wadley was born in 1844 in New Hampshire, the daughter of … Continue reading

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16 April 1862: “The telegraph brings us a considerable amount of something . . . our readers must decide.”

ITEM: editorial, The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N.C.), 16 April 1862, page 2, column 1. CITATION: Editorial, The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N.C.), 16 April 1862, page 2, column 1.  North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. … Continue reading

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13 April 1862: “my heart sickens when I think that under this beautiful blue sky with God’s heavensent air breathing warm and fructifying around while the birds sing and the green leaves wave as if to praise their Creator, thousands of men are mingling in mortal combat and groans and shrieks sounding amid the roar of artillery…”

Item description: In this diary entry, Sarah Lois Wadley (1844-1920) describes receiving news of the Battle of Shiloh, and reflects on the contrast between the beautiful spring day she observes, and the horrors of battle and death. More about Sarah … Continue reading

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11 April 1862: “our forces are at corinth it the opinion of some that the enemy will leave the river wile the water is up they may stay there but if they get out of reach of their boats they will be badly whiped but I tell you there no use fighting their gun boats.”

Item description: A letter written by John W. Taylor in Corinth, Miss., dated 11 April 1862, gives a detailed description of his experience in the Battle of Shiloh. More about John W. Taylor: John W. Taylor (b. 1837) was born in … Continue reading

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9 April 1862: “The news today from Ten. is not so favorable. Gen’l Beauregard telegraphs that he had fallen back from the river to his original position at Corinth…”

Item description: Entry, dated 9 April 1862, from the diary of Thomas Bragg (Attorney General of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1862). Bragg resigned his cabinet position on 18 March 1862 to return to his home in North Carolina. Bragg … Continue reading

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7 April 1862: “How beautifully appropriate is this meaning of the word ‘Shiloh’ to us. It is the Desired, the Longed for. This victory we have been praying!”

Item description: Undated religious tract, “Shiloh: A Sermon,” written by J. Lansing Burrows, a Baptist minister from Richmond, Virginia. Burrows reflects on the meaning of the Battle of Shiloh, a pivotal battle fought on 6-7 April 1862 in southwestern Tennessee. … Continue reading

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