Political pull and cronyism enabled Francis Quinn to become commanding Colonel of the 12th Michigan Volunteer Infantry where his incompetence was only exceeded by his arrogance and his cowardly reaction to enemy fire.

It was the privates and corporals who paid with their blood in the Civil War’s first great battle — the killing field of Shiloh, Tennessee.

Get the whole story as WWJ’s Joe Donovan takes a look back in his Detroit History report: