Step Back In Time
The Tennessee River flows stoically through a small town on the southern edge of Tennessee. Follow a map to where Alabama and Mississippi come to a T, there you will find Savannah, Tennessee.
At first glance, the town is a quaint stopping point on your way somewhere else. But pause for a moment and you’ll find the south you hear about in old stories. The south where everything is just a little bit slower. The south where people wave at you as you drive through town. The south where a family you just met invites you in for the best chocolate cream pie of your life and acts as though they have known you forever. Welcome to Savannah.
Savannah is a small town, that fact cannot be denied (the 2000 census placed the population at a mere 6,262). It is a town, however, whose surrounding areas were integral to the development of the United States as we know it today.
To the east you will find the Natchez Trace and the burial place of Meriwether Lewis. Follow the Tennessee River South and you’ll discover Pickwick Landing and Pickwick State Park. Close your eyes and you can picture the 19th century riverboats floating past. Throw a line in the river and wait for a catfish to bite.
"Step Back in Time on the Battlefieds of Shiloh"
On a late spring day I stand on a field and feel what is meant when people say they feel haunted. It is quiet and the sun is bright. Rain just passed through and the leaves and grass glisten.
A hawk sits perched high in a tree nearby and observes the scene. He guards his nest carefully, as if he still doesn’t trust the people below.
I have heard the term “hallowed ground” but I did not understand fully understand its implications. As I look into the woods across the field, I hear nothing but a bumble bee carefully selecting its flowers. To alter the silence is somehow sacrilegious.
147 years before my visit, 3,482 men lost their lives here. 20,264 others were forever changed through injury and capture. Part of me wants to smile at the beauty of the day. Part of me wants to cry at the pain that was felt here.