|Bookstore - The guy who worked there was from Utah at one time, so that was fun.|
|Union Soldier in Uniform|
|Confederate Soldier in Uniform|
|Scott reading about the drummer boy|
Stop 5 - Shiloh Church
Stop 12 - Jones Field
We had a nice time learning and experiencing this park even though the deaths of so many where here and must have resembled Armageddon with Union losses: 1,754 killed, 8,408 wounded and 2,885 missing totaling 13,047 men. On the confederate side, 1,728 killed, 8,012 wounded, 959 missing totaling 10,699. It must have been gruesome to witness such tragedy. Grants army was thoroughly defeated except for the arrival of 23,500 fresh Federal reinforcement which turned the tide of this battle; thing could have turned out much differently.
After going to Shiloh, we stopped at Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield (June 10, 1864 battle) just north of Tupelo and stayed briefly. All that is there is only a couple of remembrance statues of this event. This is why the Visitor Centers are lumped together into one. So, it's important to get each park brochure to read and learn the history of each location. This battle between Sherman, Sturgis and Forrest resulted in a Confederate victory. USCT (US Colored Troops) fought at this battle. Before this battle they protected the supply train and served as rear guard for the Federal army. The USCT held off several Confederate attacks, which allowed the Federals to secure the most advantageous ground for the battle of July 14-15 in Tupelo.
The following day after church in the Tupelo 1st Ward, we drove over to the Tupelo National Battlefield site and took the same kind of photos. Again, these were just of the small battlefield memorials. Scott took all these photos. Tupelo was fought against A.J. Smith of the Republic and Stephen D. Lee for the Confederate on July 14-15th and much of this fight was for the ownership of the Mobile & Ohio Railroad with food and ammunitions that the north wanted to keep and protect. The battle began at 7:30 a.m. and ended near 5 p.m. on the 15th. Casualties on both sides and neither side claimed victory of this battle. Forrest was had a disability and was wounded for three weeks keeping him from action.