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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.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list.
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Spencer TN 38585, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured
Looking south on KY-111 at the nearby Trail of Tears Road. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 12, 2019
2. Looking south on KY-111 at the nearby Trail of Tears Road.
On west side of intersection is Greenfields Road.
as the crow flies. Trail of Tears (here, next to this marker); Gilbert Gaul, Civil War Painter (approx. 7.2 miles away); Burritt College (approx. 11 miles away); War on the Plateau (approx. 11 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spencer.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Rangers from 2nd Ranger Battalion demonstrate the rope ladders they used to scale Pointe du Hoc. image. Click for full size.
By Public domain
3. Rangers from 2nd Ranger Battalion demonstrate the rope ladders they used to scale Pointe du Hoc.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 13, 2011, by Tom Gillard of Tullahoma, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 832 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 13, 2011, by Tom Gillard of Tullahoma, Tennessee.   2, 3. submitted on July 16, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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