Don't Let Me Die In Tennessee

from Wisconsin River by Chris Richards

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The 24th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment served in the Union Army during the American Civil War, fighting in major battles in Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia. Made up of volunteers from around the state, the regiment’s finest hour may have been at the Battle of Chattanooga, where the 24th led the way to the stunning Union victory on Missionary Ridge. According to legend, the state’s rallying cry “On Wisconsin!” was born on that hill.

An eerie coincidence: The evening I finished writing this song, I was awakened just after midnight by the sound of an EF3 tornado shredding my neighborhood in East Nashville. My house was left untouched, but I packed up and left Tennessee a few months later.

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I stepped off of the M&M train
To cannon fire and a grand parade
We’d ridden all night from towns out west
To join a thousand of Milwaukee’s best

We marched through Kentucky in the autumn heat
Chased those Rebels into Tennessee
They whipped us good at the Georgia line
And we limped back to Chattanooga with our dead behind

Now we’re cold and starving on the valley floor
And the fever’s like I’ve never seen before
Buzzards are circling overhead
This was not how it was s’posed to end

I’ve read my bible and said my prayers
Forgiven you when you weren’t there
All I ask to make us square
Just do this one thing for me
Don’t let me die in Tennessee

We’re in trouble from the look of it
Must be 40,000 Rebels on that ridge
Nobody’s sure that we can break that line
But we’ve come this far and there’s a hill to climb

So rush the slope, boys, and duck the shells
“On Wisconsin!” a young man yells
As a bullet burns into my thigh
I raise my rifle and I close one eye

I’ve read my bible and said my prayers
Forgiven you when you weren’t there
All I ask to make us square
Just do this one thing for me
Don’t let me die in Tennessee

I’ve read my bible and said my prayers
Forgiven you when you weren’t there
All I ask to make us square
Just do this one thing for me
Don’t let me die in Tennessee


© 2020 Chris Richards / White Mare Music (BMI)

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from Wisconsin River, released April 22, 2021

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Chris Richards is a critically acclaimed songwriter and recording artist from Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

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