War on Two Fronts: Shiloh to Gettysburg

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B.P. STEELE


Charge of the First Tennessee at
Perryville

With no stunning result save forcing the Confederates to abandon Kentucky once more, Perryville was a terribly bloody battle with the Confederates losing over 3000 men and the Federals suffering some 4000 casualties. Distinguishing itself on that "ensanguined" Kentucky battlefield was the First Tennessee, called the Kid Glove Regiment, as the unit primarily consisted of youths from Nashville and central Tennessee.

Far and wide on Perryville's ensanguined plain,
The thunder and carnage of battle resounded;
And there, over thousands of wounded and slain,
Riderless steeds from battle's shock rebounded.
Cheatham's division was fiercely attacking,
And proudly from his men rose cheer after cheer,
As before them McCook was sullenly backing,
Gallantly fighting as he moved to the rear.
On Cheatham's left, Stewart's guns roared and rattled,
And in the center, Donelson onward bore;
On the right, Maney's brigade charged and battled,
Valiantly driving the stubborn foe before.
'Twas there, held in reserve, impatiently lay
The First Tennessee, the "Knights of the Kid Glove,"
Eager and chafing to join the bloody fray—
Help their brave comrades, and their own powers prove.
Soon was their impatient valor to be tried,
Soon were they to charge to the cannon's grim mouth—
Soon upon the battle's crimsoned wave to ride—
Soon to prove themselves worthy "Sons of the South."

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Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents *
  • Preface to the Series 9
  • Chapter I - Fort Henry and Fort Donelson *
  • Gunboats on the Tennessee 13
  • The Defense of Fort Donelson 18
  • Fort Donelson Surrenders 27
  • Chapter II - Pea Ridge *
  • Bloody Arkansas 56
  • Chapter III - Shiloh *
  • U.S. Grant Shiloh 62
  • Shiloha Private's View 76
  • Behind Confederate Lines 89
  • Drummer Boy of Shiloh 103
  • Chapter IX - Kentucky Invaded *
  • The Iuka-Corinth Campaign 106
  • A Yankee in Mississippi 125
  • My Old Kentucky Home 135
  • When Johnny Comes Marching Home 136
  • Chapter V - Vicksburg *
  • The Perryville Campaign 138
  • Charge of the First Tennessee at Perryville 161
  • On to Vicksburg.. 165
  • Champion Hills and Black River 178
  • Capturing Vicksburg 190
  • Treating the Wounded at Vicksburg 203
  • Chapter VI - Chancellorsville *
  • Hooker Takes Command 214
  • The Chancellorsville Campaign 222
  • Lee Triumphant 238
  • Routing the Yankees 271
  • Jackson's Mortal Wound 283
  • Misadventures in the Wilderness 292
  • Behind Confederate Lines 302
  • Chapter VII - The Road to Gettysburg *
  • Riding with J.E.B Stuart 310
  • On to Gettysburg 326
  • The Iron Brigade's Great Battle 330
  • Chapter VIII - The Second Day of Slaughter *
  • Gettysburgthe Second Day 342
  • The Stand of the 20th Maine 357
  • Until God Stopped Them.. 365
  • Both Sides Were Whipped .. 371
  • On the Attack against Sickles 375
  • Under Fire 383
  • Chapter IX - Highwater Mark of the Confederacy *
  • In Pickett's Ranks 390
  • All This Has Been My Fault.. 395
  • Retreat from Gettysburg 401
  • The Girl I Left behind 411
  • When This Cruel War Is over 412
  • Sources 413
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