Hornet's Nest


        In the early hours of April 6th, The Confederates managed to push most of the federals further away from the interior of the battlefield, sending the soldiers retreating towards Pittsburg Landing.  But here, at what would later be named by the Confederates as the Hornet's Nest, the Confederate advance came to a crashing halt. 

         For seven hours, three Union divisions managed to repulse attack after attack from the southerners, giving General Grant enough time to form a much stronger defensive line further north.  The Confederates finally managed to pound the Hornet's Nest into submission, capturing most of General Prentiss's division, but not before most of the rest of the Union army managed to retreat behind Grant's Last Line.