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Battle of Shiloh is topic of Civil War talk April 12

Published: April 8, 2017 9:11 AM
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Syd­ney Over­all will speak on The Bat­tle of Shiloh on April 12 at the Penin­sula Li­brary.

Spon­sored by the Cuya­hoga Val­ley Civil War Round Table, the 7:30 p.

m. event is free and the pub­lic is wel­come.

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Com­bined ca­su­al­ties were close to 24,000.

Each side had more than 1,700 killed.

I re­gard the Bat­tle of Shiloh as one of five that greatly weak­ened the Con­fed­er­acy (Shiloh and An­ti­etam in 1862, Get­tys­burg, Vicks­burg, and Chat­tanooga in 1863), prompt­ing the Con­fed­er­acy to tot­ter on de­feat in 1864.

Prior in­ter­pre­ta­tions of the Bat­tle of Shiloh have overem­pha­sized the de­fense of the Hor­net's Nest to un­der­stand the Union vic­tory.

Over­all added, “Although sur­prised about an at­tack from the south­west, Grant made no mis­takes on the bat­tle­field, did not re­treat at the end of the first day of bat­tle, and pre­pared to at­tack on the next day …

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