War Comes to Savannah

War Comes to Savannah (HMJ3O)

Location: Savannah, TN 38372 Hardin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 13.519', W 88° 15.156'

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On March 8, 1862 the pro-Union citizens of Savannah turned out to greet the 40th Illinois Infantry, the vanguard of 40,000-man Union invasion force. Residents cheered as the Illinois troops trudged off the steamer Golden Gate formed into ranks, and marched up the slope into town. Within the week, a Union flotilla of more than 80 steamboats would crowd the banks of the Tennessee above and below the town.

For the next three months, Federal troops occupied the town. Union Major General Ulysses S. Grant made his headquarters at the home of William Harrell Cherry. After the Battle of Shiloh, Union wounded flooded the town. Hundreds died; many were buried in the local cemetery. After the war these bodied were moved to the National Cemetery at Shiloh overlooking Pittsburgh Landing.
HM NumberHMJ3O
Placed ByShiloh National Military Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior
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Date Added Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 5:17pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 386009 N 3898749
Decimal Degrees35.22531667, -88.25260000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 13.519', W 88° 15.156'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 13' 31.14" N, 88° 15' 9.36" W
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Area Code(s)731
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 405-411 W Main St, Savannah TN 38372, US
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