#OTDH 1862, the Battle of Shiloh begins. In Lieutenant Horace Newton Fisher's letter to his friend, he describes the devastation wrought by this battle as "The Waterloo of this hemisphere."
Lieutenant Fisher, an aide-de-camp on the staff of Brigadier General William Nelson, wrote this letter to John Ward, a family friend living in Louisville, Kentucky, in hopes that Mr. Ward would telegraph Fisher's family in Massachusetts to notify them that he had escaped with "not even scratches." In addition to supplying estimates of the number of casualties for both the Union and Confederate armies, Lieutenant Fisher relates how he narrowly missed having his head shot off by a cannonball.
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