The Battle of Shiloh and The Bloody Pond

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The Battle of Shiloh and The Bloody Pond
During the U.S. Civil War, in April of 1862, Shi­loh was the site of a ferocious battle that began a six-month contest for control of an important railroad juncture. Thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers were killed in the two-day engagement, many of whom found respite around a small pond near the front before expiring. Standing at the edge of the so-called “Bloody Pond,” Don learned of a humanitarian station that had been arranged there to treat the wound­ed, regardless of their allegiance. This was an embodiment of the IHL principles of humanity, im­partiality and neutrality. –IHL Civil War Project Description
The Battle of Shiloh

by U. S. Grant

From The Century Magazine,

Vol. XXIX, Feb., 1885
“Shiloh: The Battle That Changed the Civil War” By Larry J. Daniel

(Electronic copy of the book)
“The Battle of Shiloh: Surprise Attack!” By Larry Hama

(Electronic copy of the book – “Kids” book with lots of graphics)
Shiloh – National Park Service
“Battle of Shiloh: Shattering Myths” (
“The Untold Story of Shiloh: The Battle and the Battlefield” –Timothy B. Smith (Electronic copy of book),+shiloh&ots=nxI3ZCx_bl&sig=2HKGeGbuSfLH7ujhIV458jJ8hm4#v=onepage&q=the%20bloody%20pond&f=false

note: brief discussion regarding the debatable myth of the bloody pond

Maps of Shiloh, Tennessee (1862)

Battle of Shiloh – Day One, April 6, 1862

(Civil War Preservation Trust)
Maps of Shiloh, Tennessee (1862)

Map of the Battlefield of Shiloh, April 6 & 7, 1862
Shiloh Battle Field –Gallery of Pictures

(Civil War Preservation Trust)
For more…Search “Shiloh” and select “Gallery view”
Specific to The Bloody Pond:
The Bloody Pond –Pictures/Maps/Brief Description

(Historic Marker Database)
Map of Shiloh National Park – Marks location of the Bloody Pond
Eyewitness Accounts:
“What I Saw at Shiloh” – Ambrose Bierce
“The Battle of Shiloh” – Colonel Wills De Hass
The Battle of Shiloh, 1862”

Eyewitness account: Henry Morton Stanley
“Shiloh” – Herman Melville
“Shiloh: The Bloody Pond”

At Shiloh, Tennessee, a finite number

Of days after the first day’s bloody fighting,

To be exact, thirty-six thousand, nine hundred

And forty-nine, two, three, or four generations

As parents and children go, I mourned the dead

And the unsown seed of those who left no orphans,

And mystically felt, in a time foreshortened

By the triangular presence in the Park

Of a National Cemetery, of covered trenches

For Southern dead, and of Indian burial mounds

From a million days before our Union shivered,

That if I knelt and drank from the Bloody Pond

I would taste the intermingled corpuscles

Of the thirsting Federal and Confederate dead.

-Thomas Bacon Whitbread-,+shiloh&ots=KcQQ9BTBfC&sig=reE19cg-bZajq4Bn9uwNHmJGoxI#v=onepage&q=the%20bloody%20pond%2C%20shiloh&f=false (page 67)

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