Attack at Daylight and Whip Them: The Battle of Shiloh, April 6-7, 1862

Attack at Daylight and Whip Them: The Battle of Shiloh, April 6-7, 1862


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"Attack at daylight and whip them" —that was the Confederate plan on the morning of April 6, 1862. The unsuspecting Union Army of the Tennessee, commanded by Major General Ulysses S. Grant, had gathered on the banks of its namesake river at a spot called Pittsburg Landing, ready to strike deep into the heart of Tennessee Confederates, commanded by General Albert Sidney Johnston. Johnston’s troops were reeling from setbacks earlier in the year and had decided to reverse their fortunes by taking the fight to the Federals.

Johnston planned to attack them at daylight and drive them into the river.

A brutal day of fighting ensued, unprecedented in its horror—the devil’s own day, one union officer admitted. Confederates needed just one final push.

Grant did not sit and wait for that assault, though. He gathered reinforcements and planned a counteroffensive. On the morning of April 7, he intended to attack at daylight and whip them.

The bloodshed that resulted from the two-day battle exceeded anything America had ever known in its history.

Historian Greg Mertz grew up on the Shiloh battlefield, hiking its trails and exploring its fields. Attack at Daylight and Whip Them taps into five decades of intimate familiarity with a battle that rewrote America’s notions of war."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611213133
Publisher: Savas Beatie
Publication date: 04/04/2019
Series: Emerging Civil War Series
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 456,271
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Greg Mertz has worked for 35 years for the National Park Service and is currently the Supervisory Historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Raised in what is now Wildwood, Missouri, he has a degree in park administration from the University of Missouri and a masters in public administration from Shippensburg University. He has written several articles for Blue and Gray magazine, is the founding president of the Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table, and is a former vice president of the Brandy Station Foundation.

Timothy B. Smith (Ph.D. Mississippi State University, 2001) is a veteran of the National Park Service and currently teaches history at the University of Tennessee at Martin. In addition to many articles and essays, he is the author, editor, or co-editor of eighteen books, including Champion Hill: Decisive Battle for Vicksburg (2004), which won the nonfiction book award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, Corinth 1862: Siege, Battle, Occupation (2012), which won the Fletcher Pratt Award and the McLemore Prize, Shiloh: Conquer or Perish (2014), which won the Richard B. Harwell Award, the Tennessee History Book Award, and the Douglas Southall Freeman Award, and Grant Invades Tennessee: The 1862 Battles for Forts Henry and Donelson (2016), which won the Tennessee History book Award, the Emerging Civil War Book Award, and the Douglas Southall Freeman Award. He is currently writing a book on the May 19 and 22 Vicksburg assaults. He lives with his wife Kelly and children Mary Kate and Leah Grace in Adamsville, Tennessee.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments x

Touring the Battlefield xii

Foreword Timothy B. Smith xv

Chapter 1 The Campaign 1

Chapter 2 The Confederates Stir 23

Chapter 3 The Battle Opens at Shiloh Church 31

Chapter 4 Rea Field 41

Chapter 5 First Contact 51

Chapter 6 Into the Hornets' Nest 63

Chapter 7 Order from Chaos 71

Chapter 8 The Battle for the Hornets' Nest 81

Chapter 9 Death and Surrender 99

Chapter 10 The Hamburg-Savannah Road 103

Chapter 11 Fighting Resumes 109

Chapter 12 Fields of Wheat and Cotton 121

Chapter 13 Stuart's Brigade 127

Chapter 14 The Death of Albert Sidney Johnston 133

Chapter 15 The Peach Orchard 139

Chapter 16 The Bloody Pond 145

Chapter 17 Grant's Left Flank 149

Chapter 18 Pittsburg Landing 157

Appendix A: Lew Wallace's Controversial March to Shiloh Ryan T. Quint 161

Order of Battle 165

Suggested Reading 170

About the Author 172

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