Battle of Shiloh Facts

Union cannons firing at the Battle of Shiloh
The Battle of Shiloh

Introduction - Battle of Shiloh

In early April of 1862 the American Civil War had been raging for nearly a year. The Confederates were driven out of Kentucky and much of Tennessee; they needed to halt the Union advance in the West. On the morning of April 6th (1862) the Confederate Army launched a massive surprise attack against the Northerners who were camped near Pittsburg Landing in Tennessee on the west bank of the Tennessee River. The Battle of Shiloh (also called the Battle of Pittsburg Landing) would be fought over two days and result in more than 23,000 casualties. It was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War and in fact in American history up to that time. Whether you are a kid writing a school paper or an adult interested in the facts about this battle you will find a list of interesting facts below which includes who won the battle of Shiloh, why the Confederates attacked, and how this famous American Civil War battle was won.

Click here for a great selection of books about the Battle of Shiloh.

Battle of Shiloh Quick Facts

Interesting Battle of Shiloh Facts