St. Michael’s Catholic Church

Address: State Highway 49 Cedar Hill vicinity, TN Phone: (615) 384-3800
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St. Michael’s began as a mission church in 1842.  Father Abram Ryan, now known as the poet-priest of the Confederacy, served here in 1864-1865.  In his poem, “The Conquered Banner” (1865), Ryan wrote of the Confederate surrender:  “Furl that Banner, softly, softly!/Treat it gently – it is holy-/For it droops above the dead/Touch it non-unfold it never/Let it droop there, furled forever/For its people’s hopes are dead!” 

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Subregion: Middle Tennessee