Today, 156 years ago, was the second day of the battle of Shiloh.

Last night, US Grant sat under an oak tree, his army battered and on the verge of defeat. Many of his subordinates were urging he retreat back across the TN River and yield the field.

On the other side, Beauregard, who taken over for the mortally wounded General Albert Sidney Johnston, had cabled that victory was in grasp.

Two days of fighting at Shiloh in 1862 would produce more casualties than all previous American Wars combined and shock the nation. The true carnage of the Civil War was revealed. I’ve walked the battlefield many times and it’s an amazing experience. Especially to follow how the battle flowed over two days.There are places whose names are written in blood: Sunken Road, Bloody Pond and others.

Below is a brief excerpt from Sumter To Shiloh the third book in the epic series: Duty, Honor, Country. The series follows two West Point cadets from the Academy in 1842 and their interaction with the great people of the time and the events of history. The first book is free on all eBook platforms HERE.

General William Tecumseh Sherman stared warily at the glowing end of the cigar Sam Grant was puffing on. A flickering lantern highlighted the deep shadows on his old friend’s face. After consulting with the other division commanders and coming to a unanimous conclusion, Sherman was going to tell Grant it was best to immediately put the river between their army and the rebels, but something on Grant’s face stopped the words. Sherman stood still for a moment, rain dripping down on his hat.

“Well, Grant, we’ve had the devil’s own day, haven’t we?”

The cigar glowed as Grant puffed and in that dim light he saw Ben’s blood on his hands. Then he spoke. “Yep. Lick ‘em tomorrow, though.”

On other fronts, Cool Gus claims he is starting to pick up transmissions from outer space, but he is healing nicely.

And Area 51: Redemption comes out in a couple of weeks and the next book, Area 51: Invasion is progressing very well. Nothing but good times ahead!