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 Posted: Sat Jan 6th, 2007 04:36 pm
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From Wiley Swords “Shiloh:Bloody April”.

During the evening (April 5th) the plans for the morning’s battle were reviewed by the ranking Confederate generals at Johnston’s headquarters. Johnston’s original concept appears to have been an attack with corps abreast, each corps assigned a sector of the front. His telegram to Jefferson Davis of April 3, 1862, implied that the attack formation would consist of “Polk, left; Hardee, center; Bragg, right wing; Breckenridge, reserve.” Later the same day, however, Jordan had drawn up the army’s marching orders utilizing Beauregard’s notes and “Napoleon’s order for the Battle of Waterllo,” such being considered a proper model for operational detail. The concept called for an attack by succeeding waves of infantry, with each corps aligned one behind the other across the entire front. The basic premise, said a staff officer, was that “no force the enemy could (amass) could cut through three double lines of Confederates.” It was a fatal flaw, as events would later demonstrate.

By accepting these plans and witnessing their publication in his own name, Johnston must bear full responsibility for their use. On the evening of April 5, when the Confederate army was fully deployed in this unwieldy battle formation, Johnston ordered only a few last-minute changes.


Javal, George is definetly a legend at Shiloh. His widow Alice works part time at the bookstore so there is still a Reeves at the park. His daughter-in-law is a park ranger in Colorado.



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