4 thoughts on “Johnny Shiloh

  1. Bert October 19, 2013 / 5:49 am

    🙂 Having dim memories of having seen this as a little kid, yeah, I had to at least skim through it. Came away with three things from it this morning:

    – If it isn’t on Gary Gallagher’s list of reconciliation movies it should be. The last conversation of the movie and the way they switched around Billy Reb and Johnny Yank, for examples.

    – Even bad movies can have some redeeming educational qualities. This one prompted me to find out that there was a real Johnny Clem who had a long army career after the drummer boy thing, and retired as a General in 1915.

    – That every old western and war movie has to have an opening song with cheesy pseudo-heroic lyrics sung by a baritone… something F-Troop lampooned perfectly.🙂

  2. Pat Young October 19, 2013 / 6:13 am

    Always interesting that while we condemn the “child soldiers” in Africa, just a half century ago we were making children’s film about them.

  3. Bob Nelson October 19, 2013 / 11:29 am

    Except for the fact that if John Klem (his given name) was part of the 22nd Michigan as is generally believed, he couldn’t have been at Shiloh as the 22nd wasn’t mustered until August 1862. The 22nd did fight at Chickamauga and that’s probably where the story of Johnny Clem originated. According to the U. of Virginia, the name “Johnny Shiloh” first appeared in a song written by William Hays titled “The Drummer Boy of Shiloh.” Arranged by E. Clarke Isley of Augusta, Georgia, it told the story of Jesse Nelson, a Confederate drummer boy, who was killed at Shiloh.

  4. Nathan October 24, 2013 / 7:36 am

    Not to be confused with Johnny Chickamauga.

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