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Wagon Train: The Shiloh Degnan Story

A dying Army major accuses his commanding officer of murder by sending him to a certain death in a battle against Native Americans. Hale decides to look into things.

Episode Info

Episode number: 6x8
Airdate: Wednesday November 07th, 1962

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Guest Stars
Nancy Gates
As Louisa Marriott
R.G. Armstrong
As General Kirby
Russell Johnson
As Major Dan Marriott
Peter Whitney
As Sgt. Patrick Henry Galloway
Edward Colmans
As Chaplain
Pitt Herbert
As Hathaway
Walter Reed
As Master Sgt. Connors
Barry Morse
As Fogarty
James Gavin
As Corporal McClellan
Jennifer Gillespie
As Little Girl

Larry Kerr
As Col. Armstrong "Shiloh" Degnan
Main Cast
John McIntire
As Christopher Hale
Frank McGrath
As Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson
As Bill Hawks
Denny Miller
As Duke Shannon
Episode Notes
Barry Morse would soon be cast as Lt. Phillip Gerard in The Fugitive.

Shiloh Degnan, the title subject of this episode, doesn't appear on camera until 46 minutes into the proceedings.

The character of Shiloh Degnan appears to be loosely based on George Armstrong Custer.

This episode takes place in 1869 or later because it's mentioned in the dialogue that Ulysses S. Grant (who took office that year) is President of the United States.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Russell JohnsonSoldier Hard for Shiloh 

Episode Quotes
Hale: You don't think much of Shiloh Degnan, huh?
Wooster: You want an honest answer--I don't.

Galloway: (about Marriott) He got ten more days than I thought he had.

Hale: General, I haven't had a drink before breakfast in so long I can't remember. I could use one right now.

General: I shouldn't have to point out to you, Chris, that you don't smash the career of a great fighting man with fever dreams or guess work.

General: How well did you know Colonel Degnan, Chris?
Hale: Maybe better than you did, General.

Fogarty: (about Degnan) He had courage all right. I'll give him that. I won't give him much else.

Episode Goofs
Nancy Gates' character is billed as "Louise Marriott" in the ending credits but referred to as "Louisa" in the dialogue.

Nitpick: The first name of Fogarty, the alcoholic reporter, is never given in the dialogue.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerHoward Christie
Associate ProducerFrederick Shorr
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistFlorence Bush
Make-upJack Barron
Set DecoratorJohn McCarthy, Jr.  |  Ralph Sylos
Director of PhotographyBud Thackery
Art DirectorHoward E. Johnson
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
Film EditorGene Palmer
SoundClarence Self
Assistant DirectorJack Doran
Editorial SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Theme MusicJerome Moross
Warning: Wagon Train season 6 episode 8 guide may contain spoilers
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