More branches from the family tree....
|General Albert Sidney Johnston
may not have known it that day but on the Shiloh Battlefield there
were 2 men under his command contributing their effort to the Rebel
Cause. I know that one of them was a member of the Fifteenth Mississippi
Infantry. The other I am not sure of ,but hopefully I will be able
to discover more of his involvement in the fray. I do repeat again
that I am NOT an expert on the War and may not be accurate in my
information when technicality is an issue. The information I provide here
has beenhanded down by word of mouth and some documentation has been
provided by magazine articles and research. If that is the case and you
can supply information to the contrary please, feel free to write
me and help me to better understand. Direct all suggestions and comments
to the email listed below.
|Take a close look at the right hand belonging to the man in the picture above. The man is my 'Grandpa Allen'. His deformed hand is physical evidence of his involvement in the Battle of Shiloh. His given name was Elisha A. Allen.|
|The story is that Great-Great Grandpa Allen was actively fighting at Shiloh that day in April. He caught a bullet in the elbow and was wounded. He had previously (as was the practice during war time) aquired a Union uniform from a dead Union solier. I can only assume that his was in tatters. He lay there on the battlefield until help came. Surprisingly the help was from the Union side and aid was given to my Grandpa. He spoke with the heavy, thick Irish brogue of his motherland and was mistaken for a Union soldier. He was transported to a Federal hospital and was nursed back to health. When he was released he returned to Mississippi and to his wife.|
|Fighting the very same battle,
yet worlds apart was another Great-Great Grandfather, Thomas Jefferson
Cooper. These families would be joined later in the marriage of
my Great Grandmother, Mattie Nash Wyatt, to Jacob Alonzo Cooper.
Thomas J. Cooper was captured at Shiloh and taken to Camp Douglas in Illinois as a POW. I currently have no pictures of my Great Great Grandfather but only family stories and proof of his involvement in the war through family letters and documentation. Nevertheless, I am proud of both of my GG Grandfathers, as well as Albert Sidney Johnston, for the courage and love for the Southland they demonstrated during the war torn years.
by Herman Melville
lightly, wheeling still,
The swallows fly low
Over the fields in cloudy days,
The forest-field of Shiloh--
Over the field where April rain
Solaced the parched one stretched in pain
Through the pause of night
That followed the Sunday fight
Around the church of Shiloh--
so lone, the log-built one,
That echoed to many a parting groan
And natural prayer
Of dying foeman mingled there--
Foeman at morn, but friends at eve--
Fame or country least their care:
(What like a bullet can undeceive!)
But now they lie low,
While over them the swallows skim,
And all is hushed at Shiloh.
by M.G. Smith
Come all ye valiant soldiers -- a
story I will tell
'Twas on the sixth of April, just
at the break of day;
About the hour of sunrise the battle
There were men from every nation
laid on those bloody plains,
The wounded men were crying for help
And early the next morning we were
called to arms again,
The battle it raged on, though dead
and dying men
Before the day was ended, the battle
ceased to roar,
And now my song is ended about those
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