The Culturalist: Shiloh and Wuhan

Victor Davis Hanson // Art19 and Just the News

Victor Davis Hanson and cohost Sami Winc discuss the cultural significance of the Battle of Shiloh and the Year of the Wuhan Virus.

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5 thoughts on “The Culturalist: Shiloh and Wuhan”

  1. One of the best. Victor is on top as always in these things. . The discussion of Shiloh was especially valuable for me.
    Unfortunately the interviewer again came across below par. But this may just be that the comparison was so stark.

  2. Dr. Hanson, you may find this amusing, but here in The South, but especially we Alabama alumni of whom have a Cobfederate legacy going back to the burning of the University (mine being my grwat-great grandfather, 1st Lieutenant Henry Clay Vaughan) the loss of Shiloh is often repeated in the near losses of our football team. For me, I think of our loss against Utah in 2008, and the infamous holding call, which brought back the ball after a huge run. Or, the missed call in the end zone against Pdnn State in 1985. Or Ara Parseghian playing for a tie against Michigan which “denied” Alabama of at least a “co-championship” banner in 1966. Or even the apparently illegal pick play push-off of the Clemson receiver in the National Championship game just a few years ago.
    Of course, Georgia feels the same way against us when a rookie quarterback from…Hawaii (?) comes in and throws the winning touchdown pass.

    I think it’s time to write a book on Georfe Wallace.

  3. Michael A Giandiletti

    Dr. Hanson made several errors when discussing the Battle of Shiloh. General Bragg was not at the Battle of Bull Run. At the time, he was stationed at the Gulf of Mexico. Contrary to what Dr. Hanson indicated, a final push was conducted by the CSA toward the end of the first day of battle. A force of about 4,000 Confederates attacked Grant’s final line but were easily repulsed. The attackers were spurred on by General Bragg, “One more charge my men and we shall capture them all.” (p. 109 of Shiloh A Battlefield Guide, authored by noted Civil War historians Mark Grimsley and Steven Woodworth,) Grant’s last defense line was an extremely strong position at the top of a ravine that was adequately supported by artillery.

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