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 Posted: Mon Sep 29th, 2008 02:22 pm
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To quote Bruce Catton from This Hallowed Ground:

"On paper, Shiloh was a draw; actually it was one of the decisive battles of the war. It was the battle the Confederacy simply had to win. For it had been a blow struck to restore a disastrously lost balance, a desperate attempt to re-establish the Confederate frontier in the Kentucky-Ohio Valley. It had failed, and the fact that it had come close to being a dazzling victory did not offset the failure..."

Tom

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