“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Concord in Cabarrus County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

St. John's Lutheran Church

Community Sacrifice

St. John's Lutheran Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, August 19, 2014
1. St. John's Lutheran Church Marker
Inscription.  During the Civil War, about two hundred members of St. Johnís Lutheran Church served in at least eight Confederate army units. The units included companies in the 8th, 20th, 33rd, 52nd, and 57th North Carolina Infantry regiments, as well as a company in the 1st North Carolina Cavalry. Church members were engaged in at least 194 different skirmishes, battles, and campaigns. These included Manassas, Mechanicsville, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Winchester, Petersburg, and Appomattox Court House, Virginia; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Charleston, South Carolina; Harpers Ferry, West Virginia; Antietam, Maryland; and numerous battles in the eastern part of North Carolina. The 2nd Regiment Detailed Men, with members of the congregation, served as guards in the prisoner-of-war camp in Salisbury.

Approximately a hundred Civil War veterans are buried in the St. Johnís cemetery. The congregation lost about one hundred men to wartime deaths. Most of the dead were buried on the battlefield or in prisoner-of-war camps. Here in Cabarrus County, women children, and the elderly found operating their farms and meeting the daily obligations of life
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stressful with so many of their men away in the army. Sacrifices and challenges on and off the battlefield transformed the St. Johnís congregation, and it took the members many years to recover.

St. Johnís Lutheran Church was organized by 1745 as Dutch Buffalo Creek Meeting House. The present sanctuary was constructed in 1845. Revolutionary patriots who fought at the Battle of Mooreís Creek Bridge in North Carolina, Camden in South Carolina, and in several others actions are buried in the older part of the cemetery. The graveyard also contains the remains of pioneers, bishops, pastors, and former slaves. The first full-time Lutheran pastor to North Carolina, German native Adolph Nussmann, is buried here.

(lower left) Confederate Reunion in front of St. Johnís Schoolhouse, ca. 1905 Courtesy Ellen Eich
(upper right) St. Johnís Lutheran Church, ca.1880 - Courtesy The St Johnís Archive

Major funding for this project was provided by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, through the Transportation Enhancement Program of the Federal Transportation Efficiency Act fir the 21st Century.
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites
St. John's Lutheran Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, August 19, 2014
2. St. John's Lutheran Church Marker
Churches & ReligionWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1745.
Location. 35° 25.157′ N, 80° 28.511′ W. Marker is in Concord, North Carolina, in Cabarrus County. Marker is at the intersection of St Johns Church Road and Mt Olive Road (County Route 2416), on the right when traveling north on St Johns Church Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 St Johns Church Road, Concord NC 28025, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Adolph Nussmann Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); St. John's Church (approx. ľ mile away); Trading Path (approx. 5.4 miles away); James P. Cook (approx. 5.9 miles away); Cabarrus County Courthouse (approx. 5.9 miles away); Cabarrus Black Boys Fountain (approx. 5.9 miles away); Morris House Hotel (approx. 5.9 miles away); In Memoriam (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Concord.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 22, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 997 times since then and 142 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 22, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 30, 2023