The History of Shiloh – Part 1: The Union Camps from 3:00 a.m. to noon

The History of Shiloh – Part 1: The Union Camps from 3:00 a.m. to noon

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The Battle of Shiloh from the Confederate Army’s Perspective

I am in the process of researching Paducah, Kentucky’s 3rd Confederate Infantry as it fought during the Battle of Shiloh and later throughout the war. To do so, I have been using a Civil War tactical game called, Ultimate General: Civil War, and in the video below, the perspective of the Battle of Shiloh is the Confederacy and the choices it had while attacking the Union forces on April 6th, 1862. This video was created by Agrippa Maxentius on YouTube.

I am using this video to follow all of the 3rd Confederate’s movement on that day to get a better idea of the geography and forces arrayed against their brigade, and I am posting the video to give the reader my thought process as I study the landscape and the battle in detail. I am also studying the exact topography maps of the battlefield to be able to track the movements of the brigade to make sure this map on the game will be able to hold up to scrutiny. Check out this link from the Civil War Trust highlighting the Battle of Shiloh.

Future articles will be posted giving the exact movements of the Third Confederate Infantry and its soldiers from Paducah, Kentucky, so stay tuned for more.

Here is the video:

The Battle of Shiloh from a new strategic video game, Ultimate General: Civil War

I am a big fan of strategic games like Total War, and I have discovered a new game coming out called, Ultimate General: Civil War. I watch other fans of this genre that record their battles on YouTube. This video is from Agrippa Maxentius on YouTube, which shows his Battle of Shiloh. I wanted to share with you how I use tactical maneuvers that I learn while reading my history books in these games to see if they work as it was recorded. I hope you enjoy this video:

Paducah and the Civil War

Here is the cover and description of my forthcoming book: Paducah and the Civil War:

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Despite Kentucky’s aim to keep a neutral position in the Civil War and Paducah’s Confederate tendencies, the Union captured the town soon after Confederate troops occupied Columbus. As a result, the Tennessee River and the Cumberland River became permeable entry points for infiltrating farther south and maintaining supply lines deep into Confederate states. That strategic advantage was halted when Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest invaded the town during the Battle of Paducah. Ultimately, a combination of guerrilla warfare tactics and General Eleazer Paine’s Reign of Terror contributed to the Union’s final victory over Paducah. Historian John Cashon recounts the tumultuous struggle for Paducah during the War Between the States.

Description of Cover: The boat at the bottom is the USS Peosta gunboat that was here during the Battle of Paducah. The men at the top are: General U.S. Grant, General Nathan Bedford Forrest, and General Lew Wallace, the author the classic, Ben Hur. They all had a role to play in Paducah.

Release Date: October 10, 2016.

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Western Kentucky in 1865

Western Kentucky in 1865

The map below is the most detailed map of western Kentucky that I have seen. The full map can be found at the Library of Congress by clicking here. This map shows many of the smaller towns, as well as the roads in the region at this time. Continue reading “Western Kentucky in 1865”