Invasion of the Union Camps

Invasion of the Union Camps (HMELH)

Location: Shiloh, TN 38376 Hardin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 7.615', W 88° 20.827'

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As the sun rose, Union soldiers camped here and at nearby sites looked forward to a peaceful and leisurely Sunday. A flood of Rebel infantry, however, was about to engulf them from the southwest.

Whitelaw Reid, a Northern reporter, described the lack of preparation in the Union camps, "Some, particularly among our soldiers, were not yet out of bed. Others were dressing, others washing, others cooking, a few eating their breakfasts. Many guns were unloaded, accouterments lying pell-mell, ammunition was ill-supplied - in sort, the camps were virtually surprised...."

By the end of the day, the Southerners had overrun most of the camps. Many Union soldiers spent the night without food, bedding, or other supplies left behind in haste.

"Shells were hurtling through the tents while, before there was time for thought of preparation, there came rushing through the woods the lines of battle sweeping the whole fronts of the division-camps....".
-Whitelaw Reid
War Correspondent, Cincinatti Gazette
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Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 8:14pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 377259 N 3887948
Decimal Degrees35.12691667, -88.34711667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 7.615', W 88° 20.827'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 7' 36.90" N, 88° 20' 49.62" W
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Area Code(s)731
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 32 Peabody Rd, Shiloh TN 38376, US
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