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 Posted: Tue Jun 23rd, 2009 08:48 pm
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Joe,

It's just not possible to follow Wallace's route without the permission of a few land owners.

What you want to do is go to the park bookstore and get a copy of the Blue & Gray magazine with the Shiloh articles. In the back is the old reliable "General's Tour" prepared by pubisher Dave Roth and Chief Ranger Stacy Allen. This route will follow as closely as possible the original track taken by Wallace's Third Division.

A good read before you go is Allen's article "If He Had Less Rank" in Steve Woodworth's "Grant's Lieutenants." This is the best account of why it took so long for Wallace to reach the field.

Yes, you can follow the route of Stuart's retreat on the Union left flank. Bring lots of water, tick repellant and good shoes. The east side of the battlefield is a maze of deep, steep ravines. You picked a good hike. Amazing to imagine Oscar Malmborg ordering the 55th Ilinois to form a square in front of the attacking Confederates. Be sure to take the path east from Stuarts headquarters monument to the monument of the 54th Ohio. A very cool zouave is waiting in the woods.

Tom

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