Monday, May 16, 2011

Shiloh National Military Park, May 14, 2011


Here is where Bob had to sit to connect with the parks Wifi. He usually sits at the dinette table, but no wifi there.

It was drizzly weather today, but still decided to drive the 20 or so miles to the Shiloh National Military Park. IMG_7556First off, had to get my passport book stamped, they had a total of six stamps. Then watched the fifty year old park film which had very good content and interesting special effects. Loved the actors makeup and fake mustaches and beards.

This “haversack” was carried by Union soldiers, usually carrying several days supplies. My great grandfather, Jeremiah C Woodyard,(22nd Ohio Inf & 73rd Ohio Inf) carried and lost one of these.


We know this because of his military records where they state his “Haversack missing …” and charged him 97 cents for it.

JCW 22nd Ohio Gun not clean, haversack missing_360x768

Below is another item on display, a replica of a sewing kit used by the soldiers. Also below is a scan of a letter from my Great grandfather (JC Woodyard) thanking a Miss Ellen Brown for sending him (while in the Civil War) a sewing kit. We have no idea what his sewing kit looked like, but I like to imagine. Incidentally, this Miss Ellen Brown and Jeremiah C Woodyard were married three years later.


026Copy of Letter from JC Woodyard to Ellen Brown thanking her for Sewing Kit_409x768

April 6, 1862, this row of 62 Confederate cannons (Ruggles’ Battery), held and their infantry eventually captured over 2100 Union soldiers. The next day with Union reinforcements from Buell’s Army of the Ohio, the tide turned and the Confederates were driven south to Corinth MS.


A Confederate burial trench. One of several scattered over the battlefield.


This live cam photo is of two bald eagle chicks being raised by their parents, Hiram and Julia, at the park. Someone there said the nest was about 10’ across. These chicks are about two months old.


Some cool fungus!



Happytrails said...

What a fascinating place! Love history!! Have fun you two!!!

Travelwithwhippets said...

What a wonderful family heritage! Thanks so much for taking the time to scan your letter into the post. Really makes history come alive. A real Hollywood ending!

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

So cool that you have so much information about your relative that served in the Civil War.

It must have made the visit to the battlefield that much more special.

Thanks for sharing!

Wanderin' said...

We really want to do this area. My grandparents (several greats) lived in the area during the Civil War. I enjoyed the post.

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