Saturday, May 24, 2008

Taylor's Illinois Battery

Illinois Battery "B", 1st Regiment Light Artillery
Commanded by Captain Sam'l. E. Barrett

Back of monument:
Opened fire from this position April 6, 1862, and held it from about 7.30 until 10.00 a.m., when the battery retired and later moved to assist McClernand. Its loss in the battle was 1 man killed and 5 wounded; total, 6.

This battery is located across the road from Shiloh Church and now sits on the southern end of the church's cemetery. The obelisk is for Tennessee Governor Leonard Ray Blanton (1975-1979). According to his wikipedia site he seems to have been a rather corrupt politician.

No comments: