A paper read before the California Commanderyof the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, May 31, 1889.
nfederates would have made a great mistake in attacking us at all in such a position, if we had been prepared to receive them. But this want of preparation prevented us from taking advantage of the opportunity, and inflicting a crushing defeat upon the South. By it the war was prolonged, and every village and hamlet in the West had its house of mourning.
Immediately in the right rear of General Sherman was camped the veteran division of General McClernand. About two miles further back, and about a mile from the river, was stationed the reserve, consisting of two divisions, Hurlbut's and W. H. L. Wallace's, formerly C. F. Smith's. Across Owl Creek, and seven or eight miles off, was camped General Lew Wallace's division. It was so far away as not to be in easy supporting distance.
On April 1st, our division was marched to an open field, and there carefully reviewed by General Grant. This was our first sight of the victor of Donelson. Friday, the 4th of April, was a sloppy day, and just before sund
If you love the study of the Civil War this is a must read. A live account of the actions of Generals, men in arms, the battle in all its horror.
Olney gives the account as it was seen from his points in the battle at large. The hours spent during the day before battle and during are as real as one could possible describe it. The smoke, the blast of cannon, the whiz of buck and ball, all there. Generals commanding lines of men and mistakes that cost thousands of lives. As real as any movie made today of any war. Worth the hour or so to read.
Well written, the descriptions he gives, every reporter could learn from today. Many of the writers of accounts in the Civil War are far more descriptive and eloquent than todays reporters. Keeps your attention. Nice read.
An extremely readable account of the battle at Corinth between tens of thousands of Union and Confederate armies.
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