Germantown in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
War Comes to Germantown
Guarding the Railroad
Federal troops entered Germantown in June 1862 and occupied houses, churches, and other buildings. Residents suffered as the soldiers confiscated crops and livestock, while many dwellings and businesses were dismantled or burned. The Presbyterian church became a Federal hospital and headquarters. The Masonic Hall, also used as a hospital, survived because both the Union commander and the Presbyterian minister were Masons.
The Memphis & Charleston Railroad depot became the focal point of the Federal garrison. The men built an earthen redoubt and stockade just
By war’s end, Germantown’s population had been reduced by more than half. It would be many years before Germantown recovered and again became a thriving community.
(lower left) Masonic Hall, which served as a Union hospital (demolished 1985)
(upper center) Germantown Presbyterian Church, constructed 1851 (bell tower added 1867)
(upper right) Germantown railroad depot, constructed 1858 (replaced 1948
(lower right) Fort Germantown, built June 1863 to guard the railroad (burned and abandoned October 1863)
All images courtesy Germantown Community Library
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 5.214′ N, 89° 48.666′ W. Marker is in Germantown, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of South Germantown Road and 2nd Street, on the right when traveling south on South Germantown Road. Touch for map. The marker is located on the grounds of the Germantown Visitor Center and former depot. Marker is in this post office area: Germantown TN 38138, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Germantown, Tennessee (within shouting distance of this marker); Germantown Baptist Church (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Germantown Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fortunate Survivor (approx. 0.2 miles away); Oaklawn Garden (approx. 0.7 miles away); John Gray Historic House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Raiding the Rails (approx. 1.2 miles away); Nelson-Kirby House (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Germantown.
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 26, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 454 times since then. Last updated on May 3, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 26, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.