Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston was preparing a full-scale attack on the Union forces gathering on the Tennessee River. This action would result in the massive encounter at Pittsburg Landing, called the battle of Shiloh, the biggest yet ever fought in the Western Hemisphere. His address to his troops as they began their march stressed that they were defending their homes and their families from an invader, a cause for which it was worth sacrificing one's life. Johnston was true to his word and died at the head of his men on the first day of the two days of fighting that killed almost twenty-four thousand Americans. (By John Osborne)
Major General Albert Sidney Johnston to the Army of the Mississippi, April 3, 1862
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