The Battle of Shiloh and Siege of Corinth


Wednesday, March 31st, 2004

Register from 5 P.M. At Comfort Inn. 6 PM: A pizza party reception with hors de oeuvres    

Thursday, April 1st, 2004

9 A.M. Check in at the Weaver Center, Corinth.  We will spend the morning providing you with foundational lectures The Road Leads to Shiloh & The Roads to Shiloh with Parker Hills; and Strange Generals Indeed with Len Riedel.  Right after lunch at the Weaver Center we will board your bus to view the Confederate generals’ headquarters.  Having decided to attack, we will leave Corinth with the Rebel army and follow Polk’ and Hardee’ lines of march to Locust Grove and the Ridge Road/Purdy Road intersection (Polk’ delay), Mickey’ Farm, and up to the Confederate attack staging area. We will then return to Corinth where you can have dinner on your own.

Friday, April 2nd, 2004

Our 9 A.M. orientation lecture by Hills will set up the first day fighting on April 6th.  Bus via Owl Creek & Bark Roads to Pittsburg Landing.  Examine Federal encampments enroute to the Confederate attacks across Fraley, Seay, and Rea Fields. Cover Confederate attacks on Hildebrand’s, Buckland’s, Miller’s and Stuart’s brigades.    Continue attacks emphasizing the Hornet’s Nest and Prentice’s surrender.  Walk to Johnston death monument and close the day discussing the impact of Johnston’ death.  We will provide you a plate lunch at the Catfish Hotel.  You will have earned it as we will have walked you along routes and across fields just as the soldiers fought the battle--often crossing the same fields more than once.  We will then return to Corinth where you can have dinner on your own.

Saturday, April 3rd, 2004

Orientation lecture by Hills on the second days fighting on April 7th.  Bus to the Sunken Road and Bloody Pond. Here we will finish the fighting of the first day.   After lunch we will travel to the Cherry Mansion at Savannah to discuss Grant’ role.  From there we will go follow Lew Wallace’s march to the battlefield.  This will begin our examination of the Union counter attack on April 7th.  The Union line stabilizes as the Confederates are ejected.  We will follow the route of retreat to see where the inital legend of Nathan Bedford Forrest was made at Fallen Timbers.  You’ have some time to freshen up before our banquet dinner. Lunch and dinner will be provided.

Sunday, April 4th, 2004

This morning we will discuss and visit the key points of the siege of Corinth.  You’ go to a few spots that are infrequently visited.  Of course the siege resulted in the Confederate evacuation of Corinth.  We will consider the role of siege operations in the war.

We will conclude the program with a summary and Q & A while returning to the hotel by noon.  You will be on your way by 12:30 P.M.  We will provide snacks during the morning; however, lunch will be on your own.


The Faculty

Parker Hills is a retired National Guard Bureau Brigadier General.  Hills was responsible for the Military Staff Ride program for the state of Mississippi and is an expert on Mississippi battlefields.  Hills is a graduate of the US Army War College.

Len Riedel is the Executive Director of the BGES.  A retired Air Force officer, Riedel has a Master of Arts degree in history.


Meeting Site and Hotel

This program will be headquartered at the Comfort Inn Corinth, 2101 Highway 72W (1-662-286-9535).  There is a block of rooms you may reserve against in the BGES’ name.  Rates start at $43 for a single plus tax depending upon the type of room you desire.  If you need any special arrangements please contact the Corinth Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-748-9048.

Airport and Transportation Arrangements

The servicing airport is Memphis about 90 minutes to the Northwest.  You may need a rental car there is no scheduled shuttle service.


Key Publications and Recommended Reading


_____  Wiley Sword, Shiloh, Bloody April  $35 includes shipping and handling


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  March 31-April 4 2004


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