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Waynesboro in Wayne County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Difficult Times

Waynesboro during the Civil War

 
 
Difficult Times Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, March 13, 2012
1. Difficult Times Marker
Inscription. Wayne County’s residents were divided in sentiment when the Civil War began. Although they had voted more than two to one to remain in the Union, many people who lived in the northern portion, including the county seat of Waynesboro, had strong Confederate sympathies. Waynesboro often served as a base for Confederate Col. Jacob Biffle’s 9th Tennessee Cavalry, which skirmished frequently with Federal forces.

Services ceased here at Cumberland Presbyterian Church after the war began. Soldiers from both sides occupied the building at different times, and all of the records were lost. The first meeting after the Civil War was held in November 1866. The church’s record keeper sadly noted that for five years the congregation could not publicly worship and that only one elder and four members remained.

The former home (ca. 1854) of Union Col. William Pl Kindrick, Jr., 2nd Tennessee Mounted Infantry, stands across North High Street. Kindrick was captured near Corinth, Mississippi while organizing the 3rd West Tennessee Cavalry. Confined in Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia, he escaped with 108 other Federal officers in February 1864. He returned home to Waynesboro where he died the following month and was buried in the family garden behind the house.

“Having recently escaped from Libby with others,
The First Cumberland Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, March 13, 2012
2. The First Cumberland Presbyterian Church
was constructed about 1840. On October 10, 1854, the congregation and a group of Masons paraded to this site and laid the cornerstone for the present building, which was completed in 1855. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.
I can speak advisedly. So far as the officers are concerned their treatment can be tolerated, though it is indeed bad, but the enlisted men are treated brutally, cruelly.”

Col. William P. Kindrick to President Abraham Lincoln, February 2, 1864

(Sidebar): The First Cumberland Presbyterian Church was constructed about 1840. On October 10, 1854, the congregation and a group of Masons paraded to this site and laid the cornerstone for the present building, which was completed in 1855. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.
 
Erected 2012 by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 35° 19.262′ N, 87° 45.792′ W. Marker is in Waynesboro, Tennessee, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of North High Street and Water Street, on the right when traveling north on North High Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 North High Street, Waynesboro TN 38485, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wayne County Revolutionary War Veterans (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Waynesboro Operation Enduring Freedom & Operation Iraqi Freedom Monument
Difficult Times Marker & The First Cumberland Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, March 13, 2012
3. Difficult Times Marker & The First Cumberland Presbyterian Church
(about 400 feet away); Wayne County World War II Memorial (about 500 feet away); Sons of Confederate Veterans (about 500 feet away); Incident at Waynesboro (about 500 feet away); Army of Tennessee (approx. 5.1 miles away); Sweetwater Branch (approx. 7.9 miles away); Dogwood Mudhole (approx. 9.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Waynesboro.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Escaped officers from Libby Prison, Richmond, Va image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, March 13, 2012
4. Escaped officers from Libby Prison, Richmond, Va
returning to Union lines -Courtesy of Library of Congress
Union recruiting station Harper's Weekly, Sept 7, 1861 image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, March 13, 2012
5. Union recruiting station Harper's Weekly, Sept 7, 1861
Confederate recruiting in the countryside image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, March 13, 2012
6. Confederate recruiting in the countryside
Courtesy Library of Congress
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 379 times since then and 7 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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