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    Confederate General George E. Maney Submits His Account of the Battle of Shiloh

    [Battle of Shiloh]. George E. Maney Autograph Report Signed "Geo Maney." Eleven pages (recto only), 7.5" x 12", "Camp near Corinth [Tennessee]," April 25, 1862. Maney, who at the time was a colonel commanding the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 1st Corps, Army of the Mississippi, here submits his report of "the participation of Forces under my immediate command in the battles of the 4 & 7th inst near Shiloh." What follows is a detailed description of the fighting, in part: "As I neared the scene of Battle quite a number from other commands who had dropped back . . . cheered by the arrival of even this small body of fresh troops, rallied on my rear and advanced with me. . . . With the 1st & 9th in line I moved over an open field directly on the enemy in the woods . . . Here my command was ordered to lay down, and a fire was opened . . . [I] ordered the 1st & 9th to the charge . . . and both Regts sprung forward . . . The charge was in every way a success, the enemy could not wait to sustain the shock, but broke in disorder and fled . . . I held the position at which I halted until dark, the enemy all the while keeping up an action shelling from his gun boats."

    The following morning, April 7, "a desultory fire was commenced early on some portions of the field of the previous day's fighting." After assembling on the extreme right flank of Gen. Jones M. Withers, Maney "ordered my whole line to the charge, and it was made with spirit. The result was but a repitition [sic] of our superiority to the enemy in this particular, we drove him about three quarters of a mile and several pieces of his artillery were captured. Our loss was but light in comparison with the Enemy." He continues his narrative of the battle (which is extensive) and, at its conclusion, he laments the death of Col. Charles Wickliffe, who "received his fatal wound at the head of a charge . . . His devotion and valor, are indeed a serious loss to his country." The pages are bound with ribbon at the upper edge. Areas of staining found along the edges of some pages, which are also lightly chipped. The final page is heavily damaged, with moderate loss of paper at the right and left edges.

    For his actions at Shiloh, Col. Maney (1826-1901) was promoted to brigadier general. He went on to lead his men at the Battles of Perryville, Chickamauga, and Murfreesboro, and was wounded in the arm during the Chattanooga Campaign in late 1863. In 1864, he led a division during the Atlanta Campaign, but was captured in August. He was released shortly thereafter, but, due to problems with his arm, did not return to field duty. After the war, he served as a U.S. diplomat in several South American countries.


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