American Civil WarAmerican HistoryThe first really great battle of the war was that of Pittsburg Landing, or Shiloh, and I shall t only attempt to give a general account of the battle, but also describe it from the point of view of a man in the ranks. Shiloh as Seen by a Private SoldierVery interesting descriptions of the great battles of the late war, written by prominent generals, have been lately published and widely read. It seems to me, however, that it is time for the private soldier to be heard from. DescriptionOf course, his field of vision is much more limited than that of his general. On the other hand, it is of vital importance to the latter to gloss over his mistakes, and draw attention only to those things which will add to his reputation. The private soldier has such feeling. It is only to the officers of high rank engaged that a battle can bring glory and rewn. To the army of common soldiers, who do the actual fighting, and risk mutilation and death, there is reward except the consciousness of duty bravely performed. This was peculiarly the case in the late war, when more than a million of young men, the flower of our country, left their workshops and farms, their schools and colleges, to endure the hardships of the march and the camp, to risk health, limb and life, that their country might live, expecting thing, hoping thing for themselves, but all for their fatherland. United States HistoryHistory / United States / Civil War Detailed Publication Addresses the Following topicsAmerican Civil WarConfederate ArmyMilitary Biography A Great Historical InsightWritten from the front line in Americas most destructive battle.