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Battle of Shiloh



Battle of Shiloh
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 9
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.43

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     challenging words:    rearguard, multiple, boost, wounded, retreat, morale, shocking, sunken, effort, victory, initial, banks, death, loss, peace, advantage
     content words:    Confederate General A., General Ulysses S., Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee River, General Johnston, General Beauregard, General Buell, Generals Sherman, Nathan Bedford Forrest, Shiloh Chapel


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Battle of Shiloh
By Mary L. Bushong
  

1     In the spring of 1862, the war effort was not going well for the Confederate General A. S. Johnston. He commanded the troops in Kentucky and Tennessee but had suffered some large losses. Most of Kentucky now belonged to the Union side as well as many parts of Tennessee. He had to move into the western parts of Tennessee as well as northern Alabama and Mississippi. In the town of Corinth, Mississippi, he set up his base of operations to plan his next attack.
 
2     General Ulysses S. Grant was in charge of the Union army in Kentucky. To keep the Confederate army from moving north again, he moved his troops south in hopes of gaining the advantage. He chose a position at Pittsburg Landing on the Tennessee River to wait for reinforcements before going after Johnston.
 
3     This whole portion of the land was not easy to move in. It was rich in swamps, mud, and a few isolated farms. Even the roads were little more than cow paths, often sunken down between high banks. Rather than building fortifications there, Grant decided to train his inexperienced men.

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