The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: April 1 - August 31, 1862 - Vol. 5

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Chronology

APRIL 1-AUGUST 31, 1862

APRIL 1. USG sent a reconnaissance under Brig. Gen. William T. Sherman from Pittsburg Landing, Tenn., to Eastport, Miss., and Chickasaw, Ala., on the Tennessee River to destroy C. S. A. batteries, but the expedition found the sites abandoned.

APRIL 3. Advance elements of Maj. Gen. Don Carlos Buell's Army of the Ohio neared Savannah, Tenn.

APRIL 3. C. S. A. Army of the Miss., under Gen. Albert Sidney John- ston, began to advance from Corinth, Miss., to attack USG at Pittsburg Landing.

APRIL 4. Pickets skirmished near Pittsburg Landing.

APRIL 5. Despite continued skirmishing at Pittsburg Landing, USG remained at Savannah to await the arrival of Buell. USG had "scarsely the faintest idea of an attack," but C. S. A. forces were preparing to attack the following day.

APRIL 5. Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan established siege lines at Yorktown, Va.

APRIL 6. Johnston, with some 40,000 troops, attacked at Shiloh Church, near Pittsburg Landing. USG hurried to the field from Savannah. When Johnston was killed, Gen. P. G. T. Beauregard succeeded to command. By the end of the day, U. S. forces had lost considerable ground and casualties were heavy.

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