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After Shiloh the South would never smile again Known originally as the Battle of Pittsburg Landing The Battle of Shiloh was the bloodiest battle fought in North America up to that time Pittsburg Landing was an areafrom where the Yankees planned to attack the Confederates who had movedfrom Fort Donelson to Corinth Mississippi The North was commanded by General Ulysses S Grant and the South by General Albert Sydney Johnston The Union army was taken by surprise the first day when the Confederate Army unexpectedly attacked but after Union reinforcements arrived the fighting virtually ended in a tie Lasting for two days April 6 and 7 of 1862 casualties for both sides exceeded 20000 The Battle of Shiloh was a message to both the North and South that the Civil War was for realGeneral Grant was anxious to maintain the momentum of his victory at Fort Donelson His army had moved up to a port on the Tennessee River called Pittsburg Landing in preparation for an attack on Corinth Mississippi where the Confederate troops were located General Halleck Western US Army commander had ordered Grant to stay put and wait for reinforcements Grant had given command of the Pittsburg Landing encampment to General William T Sherman while he waited at his camp in At Corinth Confederate Generals Albert Sydney Johnston and PGT Beauregard worked feverishly to ready the 40000 plus troops there for an attack on the Union Army at Pittsburg Landing before US Army General Buell and reinforcements could arrive from Nashville The officers appointed as corps commanders for the South were Major General John Breckinridge Major General William J Hardee Major General Braxton Bragg and Major General Leonidas Polk The South headed for Pittsburg Landing on April 4 1862 but because of several delays the attack was postponed until April 6 The Battle of Shiloh began early the morning of April 6 Johnstons men burst out of the woods so early that Union
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