Doe Creek Church and School
Brothers against Brothers
During the war, Samuel G. Kennedy and James M. Smith were killed. Unionists here had warned James D. Kennedy and Bill Nails not to return if they fought for the Confederacy. After the war ended, Kennedy and Nails returned to Doe Creek, and Union sympathizers murdered both of them three miles from here at Wormly Branch. Robert Kennedy brought their bodies here for burial, thus creating a community cemetery where several other Confederate veterans, including Isham Gurley, were later interred. The arguing continued into the early 1900’s, when a descendant
About 1870, Robert Kennedy donated land, furnished logs, and provided oxen to move the logs here for a one-room church and school, where congregations met on Sundays and children took lessons during the week. The school served the community until the late 1940s. For 54 years Elmer Duck, Robert Kennedy’s grandson, taught here.
(Inscription under the photo in the lower left)
Partisans murdering civilians, Harper’s Weekly, Sept. 5, 1863.
(Inscription under the photo in the upper center)
Guerrillas on both sides stole horses from civilians, Harper’s Weekly, Dec 24, 1864.
(Inscription under the photo in the lower right)
Doe Creek Church and School before restoration-Courtesy Golden Circle Graphics.
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Education • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 35° 28.164′ N, 88° 14.85′ W. Marker is in Sardis, Tennessee, in Henderson
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Doe Creek Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Doe Creek School (within shouting distance of this marker); The Temple (approx. 2.7 miles away); Prof. B.A. Tucker (approx. 3.1 miles away); Farmers State Bank and FirstBank: A Century of Community Banking (approx. 3.1 miles away); Reverend R. Swift (approx. 3.4 miles away); Scotts Hill (approx. 3.7 miles away); Veterans Monument (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sardis.
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