Portrait of Ulysses S. Grant

Major General Ulysses S. Grant’s career suffered temporarily in the aftermath of Shiloh because of rumors of his drunkenness at the time of the attack. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Shiloh Facts

April 6–7, 1862

Key facts about the American Civil War Battle of Shiloh.

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Also known as:

  • Battle of Pittsburg Landing

Date:

  • April 6-7, 1862

Location:

  • Hardin County, in southwestern Tennessee

Campaign:

  • Federal Penetration up the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers

Principal Union commander(s):

  • Major General Ulysses S. Grant and Major General Don Carlos Buell

Principal Confederate commander(s):

  • General Albert Sidney Johnston and General P.G.T. Beauregard

Union forces engaged:

  • Army of the Tennessee, Army of the Ohio

Confederate forces engaged:

  • Army of Mississippi

Number of Union soldiers engaged:

  • Roughly 76,000

Number of Confederate soldiers engaged:

  • Roughly 44,500

Estimated Union casualties:

  • 13,000 (killed, wounded, missing/captured)

Estimated Confederate casualties:

  • 13,500 (killed, wounded, missing/captured)

Result:

  • Union victory

Significance:

  • 1,754 Union soldiers were killed at the Battle of Shiloh.
  • 1,728 Confederate soldiers were killed at the Battle of Shiloh.
  • Ulysses S. Grant’s career suffered temporarily in the aftermath of Shiloh because of rumors of his drunkenness at the time of the attack.
  • The Battle of Shiloh resulted in the defeat of the Confederate army and frustration of General Albert Sidney Johnston’s plans to prevent the joining of the Union Army of the Tennessee and the Army of the Ohio in Tennessee.
  • Combined casualties at the Battle of Shiloh represented more than the American battle-related casualties of the American Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Mexican-American War combined.
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Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Battle of Shiloh Facts
  • Coverage April 6–7, 1862
  • Author
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 27, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 3, 2021
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