Battle Of Shiloh Essay

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The Battle of Shiloh The Civil War resulted in in Union victory by winning a series of “mini battles”. Before the Civil War ended the Battle of Shiloh was known as the bloodiest conflict in US history. With the war already in motion an early victory was needed. As influential as this battle was for the Union’s upper-hand, people’s lives on and off the battlefield were shook to their very core. The aftermath of some soldiers lives would brighten a light on a dark corner of science and forever change their lives. Plans for the Union victory, experiences on the battlefield, and strange phenomenons after the battle played a major role in the traumatic aftermath of the Battle of Shiloh. Whoever said, “slow and steady wins the race”? Yes, it …show more content…

The Battle of Shiloh was known as the bloodiest battle in US history(Ebscohost). “The opening Confederate attack caught the Union Totally by surprise.”(Civil War Trust) The Union eventually pulled out victorious, however, a first look at the battle may have sent you betting on the Confederates. Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston had his eyes on the prize until his death on April 6 1862(Civil War). He now passed the torch to General P.G.T. Beauregard. Some whisper that he is the true reason the Union won. Francis Fenelon once said,” All wars are Civil Wars because all men are brothers”, and that’s what those 66,000 Union troops through their experiences became; …show more content…

Once the battle war over, some soldiers sat in the rain and mud waiting for the medics to arrive. After two days had passed and a full state of consciousness was returned to their aching bodies, they began to notice a strange phenomenon taking place. In the dark a faint “glowing” came from their wounds. And what’s more is when they were moved to the hospital for medical care, those soldiers had a higher and faster healing rate(Soniak). These soldiers became known as the “Angel’s Glow”(Soniak). This case wasn’t cracked until 2001, nearly 140 years later. Bill martin and high school friend John Curtin discovered the Photorhabdus Luminescens residing in the guts of parasitic worms that hunt larvae in soil or mud by taking up residence in their blood cells and then “puking” inside killing the larvae from the inside out(Soniak). The vomit produces a number of chemicals kill insect hosts, preventing any type of infection and leaving behind a soft blue glow. The larvae had crawled inside of the soldiers wounds and left them living in history as literal glowing

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