|calcav1's post above has the right of it in my estimation. One must look not only at what happened on the field, which is conclusive enough in it's own right, but at the larger strategic goals. Had Johnston and Beauregard, for instance, failed to crush Grant's army, but managed to halt Federal advances in the theatre, one might be able to make a case, albeit tenuous I think, for a draw. The actual circumstances were far from this, though. Both armies (or all three, really, given Buell's presence) may have been battered but able to field a formidable operational strength, yet when one considers that the Federal advance was not halted, that Beauregard withdrew from Corinth without firing a shot, Shiloh is nothing but a Union victory.
I have the book in question, though it's been a long time since I read it. I might have to take another look at it.
Last edited on Tue Sep 30th, 2008 08:38 pm by barrydancer