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Angel's Glow: From Civil War Folklore To Winning Science Fair Project28:03
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"Giant Forest," by u/Rytelier
"Giant Forest," by u/Rytelier

There's a Civil War legend that dates back to April of 1862, in the aftermath of the Battle of Shiloh. Supposedly, when night fell on thousands of wounded soldiers stranded on the battlefield, something strange happened.

The Battle of Shiloh, which took place in Tennessee on April 6 and 7, 1862, one of the bloodiest fights of the Civil War, is depicted in this rendering by an unknown artist. About 25,000 Union and Confederate soldiers perished in that battle. (AP Photo)
The Battle of Shiloh, which took place in Tennessee on April 6 and 7, 1862, one of the bloodiest fights of the Civil War, is depicted in this rendering by an unknown artist. About 25,000 Union and Confederate soldiers perished in that battle. (AP Photo)

Some of their wounds started to glow.  Stranger still, those with glowing wounds seemed to have better rates of survival. Stories of this so-called "Angel's Glow" have echoed through history. But it wasn't until 2001, when a teenage Civil War buff embarked on a science project, that anyone found any answers.

Thanks to u/Rytelier for this week's featured art, entitled "Giant Forest."  You can find more of his work here.

In this engraving by combat artist Alonzo Chappel, Union troops, right, engage in hand-to-hand combat with Confederate forces during the Battle of Shiloh, Tenn., April 7, 1862. (AP Photo)
In this engraving by combat artist Alonzo Chappel, Union troops, right, engage in hand-to-hand combat with Confederate forces during the Battle of Shiloh, Tenn., April 7, 1862. (AP Photo)

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