10 thoughts on “Shiloh Hill

    1. Walk along Riverside Dr. between the Cemetery and Dill Branch, and you’re liable to change your mind.

      I recently learned that’s the area referred to as Shiloh Hill.

      1. I’ve biked that route, so can attest to the elevation. Still wouldn’t call it a “hill”—it’s a ravine between two pieces of tableland. And there wasn’t much (if any) fighting there.

        1. I agree with your geographic/topological description.
          But, “tableland cut by ravines” is nearly impossible to fit in poetic rhythm, let alone rhyme. :)

      2. And I believe that’s more or less where Smith’s unit, the 2nd Texas, ended up. Jim Taylor sang an old East Tennessee version that converts the narrator into a Union soldier:

        “My uniform of blue was turned into a purple red
        When someone on a coming steed did sword me on the head
        I sent a bullet to his heart and as he fell away
        I saw the face of my dear father dressed in bloody gray”

  1. I haven’t read it yet, but I like how the video is currently adjacent to the ad for Christian McWhirter’s “Battle Hymns.” Shiloh may well have inspired more non-history art than any other battle. I am looking forward to reading that book.

    Elton John doesn’t have any Gettysburg songs:-).

  2. Is there any reason to think this version is sung by a Confederate? I thought that ambiguity was rather the point.

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