FRIDAY, APRIL 6: BATTLE OF SHILOH 150TH ANNIVERSARY
Profile America — Friday, April 6th. The Civil War Battle of Shiloh — sometimes called Pittsburgh Landing — was fought starting on this date 150 years ago. It was the bloodiest battle of the war to that point, costing both sides combined an estimated 23,000 casualties. The huge number of killed, wounded and missing were a shock to northern and south alike. Some histories have stated that the casualties of this single battle exceeded the total of those suffered in America's three previous wars. The cost in lives lost also ended any thoughts that the war would be won easily and end shortly. Some 3 million men served on both sides. Battle deaths and disease claimed at least 364,000 on the Union side alone. Confederate losses are unknown. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2012, p. 205 National Park Service, Civil War Series Statistical Abstract of the United States 2006, t. 504
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