1st Minnesota Light Artillery
Shiloh National Battlefield
photo and text courtesy of LCWRT Member Holly Jenkins-Evans
The 1st Minnesota monument stands at the position where the right and left sections under 1st Lt. William Pfaender has a long day as part of the defense of the famous Hornet's Nest at Shiloh on April 6. In their first real action, Captain E. Munch and a 1st Lt. F.E. Peebles were wounded, 3 men were killed and 6 more wounded. They saw more fighting at Corinth and in the Siege of Vicksburg, where a second monument commemorates their service. As part of the Army of the Tennessee, the First MN continued onto Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta, the March to the Sea and Bentonville.