The Other Side, Part 28

At the next session, Spirit Guide contacted me to ask if we could delay our session. She had gotten detained at a pharmacy.  We reset out appointment for about 30 minutes later.

Once she was ready, we began our session and went to The Other Side.

I walked toward the East Woods at Antietam in my uniform and with my Symbol.  Animal Spirit Guide 1 (ASG 1) and Animal Spirit Guide 2 (ASG 2) came out to meet me.  ASG 2 put his head against me and sort of nuzzled my left shoulder. I took his head and pulled him closed to my chest and hugged him.  I then went down on one knee and hugged ASG 1. She licked my face and wagged her tail. She was jumping around and very joyous.

Spirit Guide didn’t have her book of notes and asked where we were going.

“Shiloh,” I told her.

I asked ASG 2 if I could ride him, and he moved where I could pull myself on his back. ASG 1 looked up at me, and I said, “Let’s go.”

photo of Shiloh, Hornet's Nest

The Hornet’s Nest at Shiloh. Photo credit: Library of Congress/Carol Highsmith

We were immediately in the field before the Hornet’s Nest at Shiloh. This was a wooded area with a dirt road called the Sunken Road running through it.  This road had a fence line that was reinforced with all kind of debris.  It has been utilized by the Union forces under General Prentiss. His units momentarily halted the Confederate advance until they were surrounded and finally had to surrender.

We looked at the Hornet’s Nest from the edge of the field that the Confederates had charged across three times and were shot all to pieces by Prentiss’ men.  The Confederates had finally cobbled together 60 cannon and blasted the Hornet’s Nest until the Union flanks gave way and were surrounded.

There were dead Confederates lying all around us.

However, we were drawn to the Sunken Road. There was a Union Soldier, who was very young, sitting with his back against a tree.  He had a bullet hole in the middle of his forehead.

About Civil War Reflections

Vernon has been a Civil War buff since childhood, but had been inactive in Civil War history for over two decades. However, in the early 1990s his interest was rekindled after watching Ken Burns’ “Civil War Documentary” on PBS. He particularly became interested in the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) and decided to learn more about this epic struggle.
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