Death of General Johnston

 

        At 2 P.M. on April 6th, C.S. General Albert S. Johnston, the commander of all Confederate forces at the battle of Shiloh, was found mortally wounded at this spot.  General Johnston, who had been trying to attack through the river side of the battlefield and cut off the Union soldier's retreat, had been shot by a stray bullet in the leg.  Johnston fell from his horse but refused to return to a hospital, and died from a lose of blood.  Johnston died underneath a tree, whose stump can still be seen by visitors today (below).  The upright cannon also marks the spot where the General died.  General Johnston was the highest ranking Confederate general to die in the entire war, out-ranking even the more famous "Stonewall" Jackson.

 

                    

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