|Dan's great-great grandfather, Pvt. William Hobbs|
|Pvt. William Hobbs, Illinois|
|At the Shiloh National Battleground and Cemetery|
|Thousands of Confederate soldiers remain buried buried in mass pits, such as this|
The experience of visiting Shiloh Battlefield and Cemetery, at Pittsburgh Landing, Tenn., left me, personally, with great empathy for the South, and those, Black and White- for Black, as well as White, soldiers fought for the Confederacy- who fought for her. Over 23,700 men died at Shiloh in a few short days- to say it was an "epic" battle is somewhat of an understatement. During and after the war-changing Battle of Shiloh, thousands of soldiers were buried, en masse, in pits. But the Union Army later- having "won" the war- dug up and re-interred the Union soldiers in individual graves- each with a headstone, although many remain nameless. The Confederate soldiers, however, remain buried in mass pits, known as Burial Trenches- there are 5 of them at Shiloh- the only five they have been able to locate so far! To quote the official, government website: "all the Confederates buried in the trenches are unknown". Like the mass grave pits at Auschwitz, and throughout Europe, thanks to the Nazis. The families of Confederate soldiers never knew what happened to their sons, their brothers, and their fathers, and in some cases their sisters, wives, and daughters; they simply vanished, never to be heard from again. Everyone talks about "Never Again", glibly, when it comes to WWII and the Nazi atrocities, but NO ONE talks about the atrocities that befell the Confederate soldiers of the Civil War and their families. NO ONE. There is not only a lack of national empathy or sympathy for the people of the south and what they went through, but, on the contrary, since 2008 a new and ugly, grotesquely ignorant "politically correct" hate for the south has poured forth. I am a "Native New Yorker"- and thus, a "Yankee", but I am Deeply angered by this, and by the recent attempt to reinvent US history and obliterate it, in the misguided, ignorant attempts to "ban" such things as the Confederate Battle Flag, known as "The Stars and Bars", destroy or remove monuments, and dig up graves of soldiers and officers. ONLY THE NAZIS AND MURDEROUS, TERRORIST HATE GROUPS SUCH AS ISIS ATTEMPT TO OBLITERATE AND DESTROY HISTORY. THE NAZIS BUILT ROADS THROUGH HISTORIC JEWISH CEMETERIES TO TRY TO ERASE THEM, AND ISIS BLOWS UP HISTORIC SITES TO TRY TO ERASE THEM. BOTH WERE- AND ARE- ATTEMPTS TO OBLITERATE AND FALSIFY HISTORY BY DESTROYING THE EVIDENCE- THE FACTS. The "Stars and Bars" is not a flag of "hate", it is a battle flag. Black and White people fought under that flag. It is a part of US history, whether you happen to like it or not, and to "ban" it, and pretend it didn't exist, is to be one with the Nazis and ISIS. And I'm not having any part of that. Click here for information on Union and Confederate Burials at Shiloh
Click here to locate a Union Soldier's Grave at Shiloh
|At Shiloh National Battlefield & Cemetery|
|At the Shiloh Church|
|In the Shiloh Church|
William Safire's "Freedom", about the people and events leading up to Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. I also read Shiloh - A Novel, by Shelby Foote, which was an excellent way to begin to understand how real soldiers on both sides, both enlisted and officers, saw the Civil War as they fought it. Next on my agenda is to read Shiloh - the Battle That Changed the War, by Larry Daniels, which I bought at the bookstore at the Shiloh National Cemetery, as the only Shiloh books any of our WV libraries had was "the one about the dog". LOL I am currently reading Mark Twain's "Life on the Mississippi"- and thanks to our American Queen Civil War Paddlewheel Steamboat Cruise from Memphis to NOLA, I actually now understand some of it! LOL
From Shiloh we drove to Nashville, Tennessee where we took a great private Civil War Tour with Jim Hardaway, Historic Tours of Nashville, whom we found through ToursByLocals.com Jim, who is a highly knowledgeable historian, not only took us to Battle of Nashville Civil War sites and other places of interest, and provided us with a great deal of really cool info that even my US Army Ret., history buff hubs didn't know, but he was delightful company, as well! We visited several Battle of Nashville sites, AND he steered us to a great place for a yummy Nashville BBQ lunch!
|"In 1814 we took a little trip..." A history lesson in song at the Nashville City Cemetery!|
|Nashville City Cemetery Civil War sites|
|Jim & Dan surveying Battle of Nashville sites|
|Battle of Nashville map|
|A delish Nashville, BBQ lunch!|
|The OTHER Parthenon...|
|Belmont Mansion - Union Gen. Wood's HQ|
We stayed at the truly excellent Hotel Indigo in Nashville, which is on historic "Printer's Alley" downtown, & walking distance to Broadway and all the fun live-music bars! We not only heard some great music at the Hotel Indigo's bar- and enjoyed fab, smoky TN whisky!- we had a LOT of fun wandering from bar to bar on Broadway until the wee hours, hearing an amazing amount of truly excellent live music! Nashville IS Music City!!
|Great SMOKY Tennessee whisky at The District, Hotel Indigo|
|In the arms of Elvis! LOL|
We only had two all-too-short days and evenings in Nashville, and while BBQ & bar snacks are fun, we wanted to have one truly splendid Nashville "foodie" dinner! Thanks to Hotel Indigo's great desk staff, we were able to get a reservation at the wonderful (and hot) Husk, and had a truly phenomenal & inventive, gourmet, southern "foodie" dinner- no pix, as for once I left the camera in our hotel room- but I DID take a copy of their menu with me, as I wanted to remember every yummy bite! I had their Rappahannock Oysters, Roasted Over the Embers, Bone Marrow, and Bay Laurel, which were amazing for their luscious smokiness... We also had their Seafood Johnny Cake, Kimchi Purée, and Benne, a delish melange of the Southern and the Korean (and yes, it works!), Shrimp & Grits with egg confit, and their Bear Creek Farm Beef, with Soured Radish and Grains (beer-fermented barely- it was DELICIOUS!), Beer Cheese, and Pretzel Cracker!
But before we did ANY of this, we first went to Gatlinburg- and after to Memphis- about which I will post about next!