Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER XXIV.
THE ARMY AT PITTSBURG LANDING -- INJURED BY A FALL
-- THE CONFEDERATE ATTACK AT SHILOH -- THE
FIRST DAY'S FIGHT AT SHILOH -- GENERAL SHERMAN
-- CONDITION OF THE ARMY -- CLOSE OF THE FIRST
DAY'S FIGHT -- THE SECOND DAY'S FIGHT -- RETREAT
AND DEFEAT OF THE CONFEDERATES.

WHEN I reassumed command on the 17th of March I found the army divided, about half being on the east bank of the Tennessee at Savannah, while one division was at Crump's landing on the west bank about four miles higher up, and the remainder at Pittsburg landing, five miles above Crump's. The enemy was in force at Corinth, the junction of the two most important railroads in the Mississippi valley -- one connecting Memphis and the Mississippi River with the East, and the other leading south to all the cotton states. Still another railroad connects Corinth with Jackson, in west Tennessee. If we obtained possession of Corinth the enemy would have no railroad for the transportation of armies or supplies until that running east from Vicksburg was reached. It was the great strategic posi-

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