The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 55
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Reminiscences of ,he Terry Rangers
he moved out of Corinth, on the evening of the fifth' of April and
next morning before light attacked the enemy in the encampments.
The attack was unexpected and furious from the beginning. The
enemy was driven slowly back towards the river all day long,
making a most stubborn resistance, but gradually they gave up
their encampments and artillery and equipments until four o'clock
that afternoon when the Confederates were unwisely halted by an
order from General Beauregard who succeeded to chief command
after General Johnston's fatal wound about three o'clock that after-
noon. This closed the first day's engagement with the whole
battlefield, including many arms, wagons, sutlers stores, etc., etc.,
in the hands of the Confederates.
We slept on the battleground that night as best we could with
torrents of rain pouring down on us all night and with the gun-
boats on the river firing over us all night to disturb our slumbers.
Many of the boys visited the sutlers stores that night and helped
themselves to the edibles and as much clothing as they could use
or carry off. Next morning early the Federals having been rein-
forced by Buell's army, made an attack on us by moving forward
against our left, with what was said to be eleven lines of battle,
and beat our left wing back some distance and then a movement
along all of our front beat back all of our line slowly but surely
all day long until night closed the fight with Federals in charge of
all their encampments given up the previous day. Thus ended
two days of the most terrible fighting I ever witnessed before or
since. Never did I at any other time hear minie balls seem to fill
the air so. completely as on this second day's fight. But the battle
was not ended yet, for on the third day, the eighth of April, in the
evening was an engagement between the Confederate cavalry and
Federal infantry that ought always to be mentioned as the last act
of this tragic event where losses on both sides amounted to more
than 20,000 men.7
I will now recur to the regiment and company to which I be-
longed, in order to record their part in this bloody contest and
to give some of the incidents of more or less interest that occurred
'Johnston's army left Corinth on the morning of April 3 and arrived in
the vicinity of Shiloh late in the afternoon of the 5th.-C. W. R.
'The losses as officially reported were: Confederates, 10,699; Union-
ists, 13,047.-C. W. R.
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