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"Attack at daylight and whip them" - that was the Confederate plan on the morning of April 6, 1862. The unsuspecting Union Army of the Tennessee, commanded by Major General Ulysses S. Grant, had gathered on the banks of its namesake river at a spot called Pittsburg Landing, ready to strike deep into the heart of Tennessee Confederates, commanded by General Albert Sidney Johnston. Johnston’s troops were reeling from setbacks earlier in the year and had decided to reverse their fortunes by taking the fight to the Federals. 

Johnston planned to attack them at daylight and drive them into the river. 

A brutal day of fighting ensued, unprecedented in its horror - the devil’s own day, one union officer admitted. Confederates needed just one final push. 

Grant did not sit and wait for that assault, though. He gathered reinforcements and planned a counteroffensive. On the morning of April 7, he intended to attack at daylight and whip them. 

The bloodshed that resulted from the two-day battle exceeded anything America had ever known in its history. 

Historian Greg Mertz grew up on the Shiloh battlefield, hiking its trails and exploring its fields. Attack at Daylight and Whip Them taps into five decades of intimate familiarity with a battle that rewrote America’s notions of war.

©2019 Savas Beatie (P)2019 Savas Beatie

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Best Tour Guide Available for the Battle of Shiloh

Attack at Daylight and Whip Them, The Battle of Shiloh April 6-7, 1862 (AADAWT) is the best driving tour audiobook for the Battle of Shiloh. The audiobook version is 4 ½ hours long and is read by Bob Neufeld. Mr. Neufeld has a clear voice and speaks in a measured tone that is pleasing to listen to. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book while taking my most recent tour of the Shiloh Battlefield.
AADAWT has enough information contained within its pages to entertain all levels of interest in the battle. Contained in the pages is information that will give the casual visitor a good understanding of the events of the battle and allows for the more seasoned visitor details that are worth further investigation.
AADAWT offers items of interest that are not on the official park tour, and it is easy to follow along. The book is clear when there is an item that is not following along with the official tour and while it does not follow the events of the battle chronologically, it is well noted why there is a diversion.
While this book may not be the most complete book on the Battle of Shiloh, I cannot recommend this audiobook enough as a tool to help the visitor in their trip to the Shiloh Battlefield. Attack at Daylight and Whip Them perfectly fills the void that is a lack of official driving tour.