In 2014 my son and I visited Shiloh National Military Park to continue my Civil War relative research. The park is beautiful, solemn, and when we visited in mid-July heat stroke inducing. Despite the heat, we took a very informative ranger-led tour of the Hornet’s Nest area and then spent time looking for the location where my 3rd great grandfather, Edward Ralls, was camped.
The Battle of Shiloh (aka Pittsburg Landing) began April 6 1862. E. E. Ralls was with Company F of the 5th Tennessee Infantry and was killed on the same day. The 5th was part of Stewart’s Brigade for this battle within the Army of the Mississippi.
We found the battlefield marker not far from the field that led up to the Hornet’s Nest.
We also located the closest mass Confederate gravesite where his body may have been buried.
The paper trail confirms that Edward Ralls was killed at Shiloh. He is listed as a Private at the start of the war, but was promoted to 1st Corporal in February. He was 31 and left behind a wife and six children.