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 cover and description of my forthcoming book: Paducah and the Civil War:
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.
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”→
Here is a recorded account describing a pistol and saber fight between Major Charles W. Anderson, an aide on the staff of Nathan B. Forrest, and two Federal soldiers on the streets of Paducah on March 25th, 1864. This account was written by Capt. B. L. Ridley from Murfreesboro, TN., which was described to him at the home of Major Anderson in Florence Depot, TN., and was recorded in the Confederate Veteran Magazine, Volume 4, in 1896 on pages 358-59. Major Anderson told the story, at first, as if he were a witness to the events, but he later identifies himself as the Confederate Officer in this fight. Afterwards, there is another account written by J. V. Grief in Confederate Veteran Magazine, Volume 5, page 4.