Friday, September 9, 2016

Second Texas Infantry-- Part 2: Fighting At the Hornet's Nest at the Battle of Shiloh

Continued from September 8, 2016.

The unit was at the Battle of Shiloh April 6-7, 1862, and cited for bravery as it fought on the right wing of the Confederate Army.  It helped capture the headquarters of three Union brigades and encircled Gen. Benjamin M. Prentiss' division at what became known as the Hornet's Nest.

By nightfall of April 6th, they had penetrated to within a very short distance of the steamboat landing, having pushed through the Union Army that far.

Both Augustus and William Beckmann came through the first day's fighting unscathed.  They were both wounded the next day.

--Old secesh


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