Russellville in Hamblen County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Bethesda Presbyterian Church
A Church Divided
In October 1864, Federal troops pursued Confederate forces near here ("Vaughn's Stampede"), and in November Confederates chased Union troops westward toward Knoxville ("Gillem's Stampede"). During one of the engagements, a cannonball struck the eastern wall and caused structural damage. The walls were then reinforced with large iron rods that passed north and south through both entrances. The beautiful interior, with plank high-back pews and an ornate pulpit, was forever stained by the blood of war.
When the war ended and the soldiers came home, many had wounds or bitter
Bethesda's closed doors and absent congregation tell the story of a congregation that became a casualty of the Civil War.
Erected 2010 by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 36° 14.824′ N, 83° 13.661′ W. Marker is in Russellville, Tennessee, in Hamblen County. Marker is on Bethesda Road. Located near the gate for Bethesda Cemetery, about 700 yards north of Andrew Johnson Highway (US 11E). The Church is about 60 yards north of marker. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Russellville TN 37860, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Russellville Area (a few steps from this marker); Cheek's Crossroads Hayslope (approx. 1.7 miles away); Longstreet's Billet (approx. 1.9 miles away); Longstreet's Headquarters (approx. 1.9 miles away); Return From Kentucky (approx. 2.6 miles away); Crockett Tavern (approx. 2.8 miles away); Conestoga Wagon (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Russellville.
More about this marker. On the left side of the marker is a portrait of General Longstreet. On the right is a photo of the Interior of Bethesda Church.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 21, 2018. It was originally submitted on September 12, 2010, by Bill Porter of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 2,034 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on September 12, 2010, by Bill Porter of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 11, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. 5, 6. submitted on February 13, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. 7. submitted on February 19, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. 8. submitted on February 13, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. 9, 10. submitted on February 19, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. 11. submitted on February 20, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.