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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

April 06, 1862

Battle of Shiloh Began

The Battle of Shiloh began in Tennessee. Some Georgia troops were involved in this battle, and one of the corps commanders was native Georgian William J. Hardee. This battle was the first of what would become many extremely bloody battles, with many men killed and wounded, which would so shock both the North and South. Leading the Union forces were Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman; other Confederate commanders were Leonidas Polk (who would be killed in the Atlanta Campaign two years later), and Braxton Bragg (who would lead the Confederate forces at the Battle of Chickamauga in 1863). The overall Confederate commander was Albert Sidney Johnston, who was killed in this battle.