Shiloh National Military Park

Davis Wheat Field

Davis Wheat Field (25K)

Image 1: Davis Wheat Field. Photograph of the Davis Wheat Field, looking north. The Davis Wheat Field lay south of the Hornets' Nest but wasn't the site of much fighting until the second day of the battle. The guns and the round, red position marker represent the Fifth Company of the Washington Artillery of New Orleans, Louisiana, under Captain W. Irving Hodgson.

On the night of April 6, 1862, the Confederate lines ran from the sunken road (the center of the Union's Hornets' Nest position) to the northeast edge of the Davis Wheat Field, and beyond. When the Union counterattacked on April 7, the Confederates were pushed through the Wheat Field.

At 11:00 a.m. on April 7, the brigade of Colonel William Hazen pushed back the Confederate line in this area. In the field was Capt. Irving Hodgson's company of the Washington Artillery. Hazen's men rushed into the field and captured three of Hodgson's guns. The Union line was broken up as they crossed the field. The Confederates regrouped and Col. B. L. Hodge took charge of a detachment of the Crescent (Louisiana) Infantry. He charged Hazen's men. At the same time, men from the Union brigade of Col. William Sooey Smith came up behind Hazen and mistakenly fired on them. Hazen's men stuffed mud into the barrels of the gun to try and spike them, then withdrew back out of the field.

At this time, Major General William Hardee — commander of the Confederate Third Army Corps — had some narrow escapes in this portion of the field.

After hard fighting, the Confederates were pushed south of the field.

Note that while this is the Davis "wheat field", the field was actually an open cotton field at the time of the battle.

Crescent Regiment Monument (40K)

Image 2: Crescent Regiment Monument. This is the monument to Col. Hodge's Louisiana (Crescent) Infantry. This monument is just south of the guns in Image 1, on the other side of a road.

These photographs were taken in May, 2002 with a Nikon F-601 autofocus SLR, using a Nikkor 24mm - 50mm f2.8 wide angle zoom lens. The images were captured on Kodak Gold 200 film.