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 Posted: Wed Oct 1st, 2008 02:04 am
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barrydance is right on, or at least very close. But,w;r asking the wrong question.

Rather than 'who won the battle', better questions are 'how did the battle change the war' and 'whose war effort was aided by the battle'?

After Shiloh, the large Union armies in SW Tennessee pinned a similar number of Confederate troops there as well. Helped by this immobility and otherwise weak opposition, US troops moved down the Mississippi, taking Island Number 10 and Memphis. Moving up the Father of Waters from the Gulf, New Orleans fell as well.

Shiloh showed Grant, Sherman, et al, the limits of 'maximum' in 'Confederate maximum effort'. Never would they see the same again in the west.


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