Shiloh: A Novel Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Explain three ways the Rebels made too much noise to make a surprise attack possible.

The Rebels made too much noise to make a surprise attack possible three different ways. For one, many soldiers feared the rain had dampened their gunpowder. They fired their guns to see if they still worked instead of unloading and reloading them with fresh powder. Another way they made too much noise was by yelling for joy when the sun finally came out. The third way the Rebels made too much noise was by shooting at a deer that ran by.

2. How do the other Confederate commanders feel about Johnston's recommendation to pull out and why?

Johnston's recommendation to pull out of the battle isn't supported by other commanders in the ranks. The other commanders say their soldiers desperately need a battle. Turning back without facing a fight would be as demoralizing as being beaten in a confrontation, they said.

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