Not a myth just not reported exactly right. The Yanks were still on the same side of the river when Jackson suggested this, or that's how I rememberI'm not sure whether this is a Myth or a Fact, but 'Stonewall' Jackson, at Fredericksburg, came up with a plan so bizarre that even Burnside would have thought twice about it ! Jackson suggested a night attack, in which Lee's entire Army would strip naked- to help distinguish themselves from the Union troops in the darkness- before swimming the river and rushing at Burnside's shattered Army ! It was either Lee's prudishness, or his common sense, which prevented such mad antics in the middle of a snowy, freezing December night !
I don't think that's a myth and I don't think it was at Shiloh but feel free to correct me as I'm running on memory here and it is getting more and more untrustworthy.How about the myth that General Forrest snatched up a Federal soldier to cover his back while trying to get back to his side at the end of the battle of Shiloh.
Yes indeed. Everyone knows it was a shad-bake.
All seriousness aside, if it wasn't a siege ( or a shad-bake), then what what is?
It was Shiloh. General T.S. Sherman wrote about the encounter in his memoirs. Forrest had charged what he thought was a picket line and ran in to a brigade size force. Sherman was up front with said brigade and said it caused himself to run *** over tea kettle in the mud, and that if Forrest's pistols weren't empty, it would have ended his career right then. Forrest then got shot in the hip, at nearly point blank range, yet still managed to escape.I don't think that's a myth and I don't think it was at Shiloh but feel free to correct me as I'm running on memory here and it is getting more and more untrustworthy.