Today is the 149th anniversary of the battle of Shiloh.  As I mentioned some time back, I always take pause to consider that battle its anniversary.

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Reconstruction of Shiloh Church

Fellow Missourian Michael Noirot posted posted a short piece on the battle (with links to some of his other Shiloh posts).

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Mann's Battery at the Peach Orchard

Shiloh captures my attention to this day for many reasons.  There is of course the study of the battle events and personalities.

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Lt. Col. Ross' Headquarters, Duncan Field

As with any major battle, Shiloh is complex and yet compelling.   And dramatic.

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Stone's Battery, Grant's Last Line

The human element is present throughout the narrative, and everywhere on the battlefield.

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Military Cemetery at Shiloh

Monuments, from both sides, stand at nearly every field and roadside.

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1st Minnesota Light Artillery (Munch's) Battery Monument

Most of these monuments date to the early days of the Military Park, when the veterans themselves were active in commemoration.  Shiloh, like Chickamauga-Chattanooga, was formed in the first great preservation movement.  And those involved attempted to set aside the entire field for later generations.  To which many of us are thankful today.

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Brynes' Battery Second Day Position

And of course, there are cannons.  Lots of interesting cannons.

I trace a lot of my interest and enthusiasm for the Civil War to the Shiloh battlefield – all the way back to my earliest memories.  So when I recall Shiloh today, it is with a mix of history and heritage, along with a lot of personal recollections.  Many good personal experiences.