Johnston planned to attack them at daylight and drive them into the river.
A brutal day of fighting ensued, unprecedented in its horrorthe 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."
About the Author
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
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