Friday, April 6, 2012
Today is the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh.
I've always wondered how the course of the war would have changed if the Rebels ahd been just a little more successful that first day. Grant was so vital to the Union cause, yet there can be no doubt losing this battle would have ended his career.
He would have been just one more general, like Pope or McClellan, who seemed promising at first but then exhibited a fatal flaw.
The line between glory and disgrace can be a thin one.