Here in Fraley Field, advance units of the opposing armies met for the first time just before dawn. Confederate pickets on the high ground ahead opened fire on a union reconnaissance patrol which entered the field just behind you. Here fell the first victims of Shiloh. In the following 34 hours 3,400 more men would die or be fatally wounded.
|Maj. Gen. William J.|
The battle of Shiloh opened in Fraley field when Maj. James E. Powell’s reconnaissance patrol encountered Maj. Aaron B. Hardcastle’s pickets of the 3rd Mississippi Infantry Battalion.
Maj. Gen. William J. Hardee, commander of the Third Army Corps directed the confederate attack which followed the skirmishing in Fraley Field.