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

National Campground

Bivouac of Reconciliation

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By Don Morfe, July 28, 2013
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Inscription.  In November 1863, Confederate Gen. James Longstreet besieged Knoxville and Union Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside’s force there. Late in the month, after the Federal victory at Chattanooga, Gen. William T. Sherman led his corps north through largely Unionist Loudon County to Knoxville to relieve the siege. Sherman’s men bivouacked at several places in the county, transforming the countryside into an armed camp.

After the war, a camp of a different sort was created. In 1873, R. Peter Hughes sold land here for use as a campground for religious services. According to the campground’s records, “A few well disposed Christian men conceived the idea of a great meeting to promote the cause of our Great Redeemer and unite the different denominations in Christian fellowship, and to allay the feuds engendered by the late national difficulties.” Some of the trustees had been Confederates, others Unionists, but they set aside those loyalties to overcome the war’s bitterness and urged others here to do the same.

Originally called Union Campmeeting, the property later was named National Campground. The first meetings were held in
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By Don Morfe, July 28, 2013
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a tent. In 1874 the Tabernacle Shed was constructed from timber donated by neighboring farmers. It still stands, appearing as it did then, just beyond the trees to your left. It is the only surviving original building. Thousands of people came by horse and wagon, some staying for the full two weeks of round-the-clock services. Meetings have been held annually since 1873, and today September services are held nightly on five consecutive evenings. The National Campground was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

Preacher's House - Courtesy Greenback Historical Society
National Campground meeting, 1908 - Courtesy Greenback Historical Society
Boarding House - Courtesy Greenback Historical Society
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 41.25′ N, 84° 13.302′ W. Marker is in Greenback, Tennessee, in Loudon County. Marker is on King Road 0.3 miles south of National Campground Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1849 King Road, Greenback TN 37742, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Morganton Crossing (approx. 3.1 miles
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By Don Morfe, July 28, 2013
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away); Norwood Inn (approx. 4.8 miles away); Militia Springs (approx. 5 miles away); Tellico Blockhouse (approx. 6.1 miles away); Fort Loudon (approx. 6.3 miles away); Welcome to Fort Loudoun State Historic Area (approx. 6.4 miles away); Unicoi Turnpike Trail (approx. 6.4 miles away); Fort Loudoun (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenback.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 15, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 501 times since then and 56 times this year. Last updated on April 7, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 15, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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