April 7th – Friday

So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. – Romans 12:5

On this day in 1862, Union General Ulysses Grant defeated the Confederates in the Battle of Shiloh. The battle began when Grant’s army came to the Tennessee River to Pittsburgh Landing in an attempt to occupy Corinth, a major rail center, which would have given the Union control of most of western Tennessee. Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston moved to preemptively attack Grant’s regiment on the morning of April 6. Though the Rebels drove the Union back they could not break their line. General P.G.T. Beauregard took command of the battalion after General Johnston died on the first day of battle. After General Buell’s army joined Grant the next day, he was able to counterattack. Despite incurring heavy casualties, by dusk, the Union drove the Confederates back to Shiloh church. The Confederates retreated to Corinth, giving a major victory to General Grant.

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For Secretary Lloyd Austin and the Joint Chiefs of Staff to seek God’s leading as they advise the president.
  • For the commanders of each of the U.S. Armed Forces commands stationed on land and sea around the globe.

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