Shiloh Hill

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Performed by William Lee Golden, with Chris Golden on guitar and Jenee Fleenor on fiddle. Written by M.G. Smith

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  • But there aren’t any hills at Shiloh …

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    • 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.

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      • 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.

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

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      • 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”

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        • So, plenty of poetic license in use. No surprise there…

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    • Joan Baez recorded a song called “the Hills of Shiloh” in her typical style.

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  • 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:-).

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  • The cemetery footage of Golden was actually shot in the McGavock Confederate Cemetery in Franklin. They were out last year and all the guys were really great.

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  • 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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