Army of Northern Virginia: February to September 1862

Battle of Shiloh

What was the second day’s battle at Shiloh like?

Reinforced by General Don Carlos Buell, whose men came off of steamers all morning long, Grant struck at the Confederates. There was hard fighting for about two hours; the Confederates then withdrew, leaving the field to the Union. Beauregard put the best face on a bad situation, telegraphing Jefferson Davis that he had fought the enemy to a draw, but the casualty lists revealed something different. Each side had slightly more than 10,000 men killed, wounded, or missing in slightly more than twenty-four hours. That was a bad casualty list for the North, but for the South, with its limited manpower supply, it was simply disastrous.


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