“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Spencer in Van Buren County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Camp Forrest

Spencer Artillery Range


—ca. 1941-1946 —

Camp Forrest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Gillard, February 13, 2011
1. Camp Forrest Marker
Inscription. In January 1941, the Army began construction of the 30,617-acre Spencer Artillery Range as an annex of Camp Forrest. Intended as a firing range for heavy artillery, it was utilized by other units, including infantry. The 2nd Ranger Battalion practiced rappelling and bluff scaling here on the Rocky River Gulf. During the D-Day invasion, that same battalion scaled the bluffs at Point du Hoc near Omaha Beach in Normandy.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2C 25.)
Location. 35° 35.241′ N, 85° 28.25′ W. Marker is in Spencer, Tennessee, in Van Buren County. Marker is at the intersection of Shelby a Rhinehart Memorial Highway (Tennessee Route 111) and Trail of Tears Road, on the right when traveling north on Shelby a Rhinehart Memorial Highway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Spencer TN 38585, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Trail of Tears (here, next to this marker); Gilbert Gaul, Civil War Painter (approx. 7.2 miles away); Sequatchie College (approx. 11.8 miles away); Old Madison (approx. 12.3 miles away); Beersheba Inn (approx. 13.3 miles away); Forrest's Murfreesboro Raid (approx. 13.3 miles away); Mary Noailles Murfree (approx. 13.4 miles away); Forrest's Bivouac (approx. 15.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Spencer.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
Categories. War, World II
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Gillard of Tullahoma, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 640 times since then and 43 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Tom Gillard of Tullahoma, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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