|Brigadier General Ralph Pomeroy Buckland|
(Ohio MOLLUS album)
In a postwar article written by Brigadier General Ralph P. Buckland, formerly of the 72nd Ohio Infantry, Buckland tries to correct some of the "false history" and lore that grew up concerning the beginning of the Battle of Shiloh. In particular it was the sensational reporting by Whitelaw Reid of the Cincinnati Gazette that put Buckland and his men in a very unsavory light, claiming that they were surprised in their tents and bayonetted before they had a chance to prepare for battle. Buckland argued that there wasn't "an article of truth" in Reid's account (at least concerning his brigade) and set forth to give his perspective.
|The scene from Shiloh Church; the 72nd Ohio was placed to the right of the church along with the 48th and 70th Ohio regiments.|General Ralph P. Buckland and his staff officers in an image taken in Memphis, Tennessee in early 1864. Major Eugene Rawson, standing just to Buckland's right, would die of wounds sustained later that summer at Tupelo.
(Hayes Presidential Center)
|The captured regimental colors of the 72nd O.V.I. (Sandusky County Historical Museum)|