Skimming lightly, wheeling still, The swallows fly low Over the fields in [clouded]1 days, The forest-field of Shiloh -- Over the field where April rain Solaced the parched ones stretched in pain Through the pause of night That followed the Sunday fight Around the church of Shiloh -- The church, so lone, the log-built one, That echoed to many a parting groan And natural prayer Of dying foemen mingled there -- Foemen at morn, but friends at eve -- Fame or country least their care: (What like a bullet can undeceive!) But now they lie low, While over them the swallows skim, And all is hushed at Shiloh.
The Mask of Cain
Song Cycle by Robert Evett (1922 - 1975)
?. Shiloh  [sung text not yet checked]
- by Herman Melville (1819 - 1891), "Shiloh: A Requiem", appears in Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War, first published 1866 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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Note: April 6th-7th, 1862, Shiloh, Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee: General Ulysses S. Grant, leading Union forces (Armies of the Tennessee and of the Ohio), defeated the Confederate Army of the Mississippi under Generals Albert Sidney Johnston and P. G. T. Beauregard. Almost 24,000 soldiers died in the battle.
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