Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Shiloh Degnan Story 

An officer Chris knows is found near the wagon train near death. He tells Chris that a passage in the bible describes him and his commander - Shioh Degnan. Chris returns him to Fort Bannerman to the Army where the truth is revealed.


Virgil W. Vogel


Harold Swanton




Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Christopher Hale
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Denny Miller ... Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
Barry Morse ... Jim Fogarty
Nancy Gates ... Louise Marriott
R.G. Armstrong ... General Kirby
Peter Whitney ... Sgt. Pat Galloway
James Gavin James Gavin ... Guard McClellan
Pitt Herbert ... Orderly Hathaway
Jennifer Gillespie Jennifer Gillespie ... Cissy Parker
Walter Reed ... Master Sgt. Conners
Edward Colmans ... Chaplain
Russell Johnson ... Major Dan Marriott


Chris Hale finds a gravely wounded Army officer, Major Dan Marriott, near the wagon train, whom he knew very well and stood up at his wedding. The officer is delirious and severely wounded from an Indian battle, but before he dies he says things which if true could seriously tarnish the image of a national hero, Shiloh Degnan. Chris takes the body back to Fort Bannerman himself to find the truth of the matter. There he finds Sgt. Pat Galloway who has been court-martialed and refuses to tell the full story even though it could save his Army career. Chris informs Dan's wife Louise about his death but questions her about what happened to her and Dan. However, she refuses to tell Chris the truth. At Dan's funeral Chris reads a bible passage that reveals the truth. Written by rbecker28

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7 November 1962 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Taken from Scripture
12 February 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One unusual thing about this Wagon Train story is that we don't see the title character until the very end of the episode and he has no dialog. Shiloh Degnan is a Civil War hero, a Custer like general of reckless courage who is back from a recent engagement with the Indians on the Republican River in Nebraska Territory.

John McIntire gets involved with the army when an old friend Major Russell Johnson is found more dead than alive and he expires shortly after. But not before in his ravings says a certain story from the Old Testament will tell his story.

Bringing the body back to the fort, McIntire questions a few people who include the widow Nancy Gates, the commanding general R.G. Armstrong, a Harper's Weekly Reporter covering the current Indian campaign Barry Morse, and Sergeant Peter Whitney in the guardhouse and scheduled to be drummed out of the army for deserting Johnson.

Bit by bit McIntire puts the story together and there is definitely a Bible story that is the model for this situation and the plot of this episode. McIntire reads it at Johnson's burial ceremony at the conclusion with the title character looking on.

To tell you what Bible story it is would give the whole plot away. But I will say that the story is left hanging and you can draw your own conclusions about what will become of this legend.

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