The Military Memoirs of General John Pope

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Chapter Nine
Summoned East: I Was Most Reluctant to Leave

A few days after the evacuation of Corinth, finding that there were to be no aggressive operations from our side for some time to come, I left for St. Louis on a short leave of absence to attend to some pressing private business, leaving the command of the Army of the Mississippi temporarily in the hands of General Rosecrans. It was in the month of June and the day I left my camp was exceedingly close and hot. The boat on which I embarked at Hamburg landed at Pittsburg Landing, a few miles below and remained there for several hours. I shall not soon forget that enforced delay. The river had fallen considerably and the perpendicular clay bluff was at least twentynine feet higher than the water. Against this clay bank the steamboat was landed and made fast. This point was in rear of and in close proximity to the field of battle of Shiloh and many of the dead, both men and animals, had been hastily buried there in shallow trenches immediately after the battle. The whole place on the summit of the bluffs was simply a mass of animal

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