Battle of Shiloh: Overview

BATTLE OF SHILOH (april 6-7 1862 UNION)
Confederate forces launched a surprise attack on Ulysses S. Grant while in the Tennessee river but he was still able to prevail. This battle took place in Shiloh, Tennessee and resulted in approximately 23,746 casualties of which 13,047 were union soldiers. Because of tactical reasons, the union was still considered victorious.

When?

April 6-7, 1862

Where?

Hardin County, Tennessee (Southwestern Tennessee @ Alabama / Mississippi border)

Who won the Battle of Shiloh?

Near draw in the Battle of Shiloh, but victory credited to Union for tactical reasons

What happened?

Confederate forces launched a surprise attack on Ulysses S. Grant while in the Tennessee river but he was still able to prevail.

What does Shiloh mean?

Union camp was near a small log church named Shiloh (the Hebrew word that means "place of peace")

Why is this important?

Union staved off surprise attack in Southern territory, thus allowing further push into Mississippi.

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