Attack at Daylight and Whip Them

The Battle of Shiloh, April 67, 1862

Gregory Mertz

Historian Greg Mertz grew up on the Shiloh battlefield. Attack at Daylight and Whip Them taps into five decades of intimate familiarity with a battle that rewrote America's notions of war.
Publication date:
February 2019
Publisher :
Savas Beatie
Language:
English
Series :
Emerging Civil War Series
Illustration :
150 images and maps
Format Available     Quantity Price
Paperback
ISBN : 9781611213133

Dimensions : 229 X 152 cm
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£10.00

Overview
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Attack at daylight and whip them—that was the Confederate plan on the morning of April 6, 1862. The unsuspecting Union Army of the Tennessee, commanded by Major General Ulysses S. Grant, had gathered on the banks of its namesake river at a spot called Pittsburg Landing, ready to strike deep into the heart of Tennessee Confederates, commanded by General Albert Sidney Johnston. Johnston's troops were reeling from setbacks earlier in the year and had decided to reverse their fortunes by taking the fight to the Federals.

Johnston planned to attack them at daylight and drive them into the river.

A brutal day of fighting ensued, unprecedented in its horror—the 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 twoday 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.