The Road to Shiloh: Early Battles in the West
Time-Life Civil War Series 5 of 27
Although the battles of the Army of the Potomac in the Eastern Theater garner most of the historical interest, the battles in the West were arguably more significant. In "The Road to Shiloh: Early Battles in the West," David Nevin and the Editors of Time-Life Books cover General Ulysses Grant's campaign in Tennessee in 1861-62. Chapter 1, "The Struggle for Missouri," covers the Battle of Wilson's Creek that proved pivotal for the control of this border state. Chapter 2, "The Go-ahead General," details the path by which Grant came to command the Union Army in the West (including that infamous photo of Grant with a fully cultivated square-cut beard). Chapter 3, "Clash at Fort Donelson," relates how Grant followed up his successfully attack on Fort Henry with an attack that would give the Federals control of the Cumberland River. Chapter 4, "The Devil's Own Day," covers the first day of the Battle of Shiloh, in which the Union army was almost routed one of the bloodiest days of the war; this chapter includes Theophile Poilpot's 400 foot long panoramic painting of the battle for the Hornet's Nest. Chapter 5, "An Incomplete Victory," tells how Grant and Sherman defeated Johnston's Confederate Army. Like all of the volumes in the Time-Life Civil War series, "The Road to Shiloh" provides dozens of contemporary illustrations, photographs, paintings, and the like. My one complaint is that if you read these volumes a lot, and it is hard not to, they tend to fall apart. The cover ends up being a nice gray folder. The rest of Grant's Western Campaign including the siege of Vicksburg is covered in the volume "War on the Mississippi."
Indignant good defensive position but eventually chose a bend that was only 12 miles from the of military engineering records no paral- general also turned out to be indecisive and dilatory. 1 He called for ,000 plantation slaves to carry forward the 57 The Go-2J\cad Gcncrad Federal Colonel Speed S. Fry shoots and kills Confederate Brigadier General Felix Zollicoffer in an imaginative engraving of the closerange fighting at Mill Springs, Kentucky. One of ZoUicoffer's officers, at.
The Carondelet, put it "just enough men-o'-war's men to leaven the lump with naval disciphne." — The final ingredient that made the gun- his troops at com- Army officer had been commandant cadets at West Point when Grant was a Regular cadet there. At the time. Grant had regarded Smith and General Scott as the two men most boats potent weapons was the arrival of a to commander who, like Grant, beheved that the way to deal with the enemy was to attack him forthwith. Andrew Hull Foote.
Demorahze him and get the worth of your money." off. Soon the roar of the guns was almost continuous and Aboard ringing prayer and firm instructions. the Essex he said, view of the scene was cut The excitement Inside the fort, Taylor and his waiting. He had boat as target. in we our men were assigned each gun a specific As the boats approached, they "increased the rapidity of their fire, until they showed one broad and leaping sheet of 63 The Go-aJ\cad Gcncrad flame.".
Commander. Instead, Beauregard concocted a more difficult scheme, suitable only for experienced units: Three corps would at- tack in three successive lines, each spread clear across a three-mile front. Beauregard's risky plan called for Hardee's first, to attack then Bragg's huge corps, then Polk's, with Breckinridge in reserve. 108 men wing of his battle line because he lost a division. Johnston sent Bragg asking why who tion. Bragg, tions from above his a men were had.
Foote's role at, personal 78, 82-85, 87, 90; fortifications system, 81; Grant's role at, 78, 81-82, 84-87, 88- traits, 9, 33, and 101; Davis, relations with, 52-53, 98; Hornet's Nest, 121, 42, 45; Pillow Fort Donelson, 79-81, 84, 93, 97; and 89, 93-94, 104; gunboats at, 78, 82-84, S5, evaluated by, 81, 95; prewar career, 42; relieved by Halleck, 155; reputation for Hospital ships, 147 87, 90; Johnston and, 79-81 drinking, 42, 45, 155; Sherman, relations Hospitals, field. See Medical.