The Battle of Shiloh took place April 6-7, 1862, in southwestern Tennessee and started when the Confederates launched a surprise attack on General Ulysses S. Grant's forces. Savage combat rapidly engulfed the area surrounding a wilderness church called Shiloh Meeting House. The Confederates achieved success the first day, but they were unable to hold their positions and were defeated on the second day. The battle's heavy casualties stunned the divided nation.
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