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Zion Methodist Church

The Edge of the Storm

 

—Lee vs. Grant – The 1864 Campaign —

 
Zion Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., November 18, 2007
1. Zion Methodist Church Marker
Inscription. Virginia churches suffered heavily in the Civil War, being used by contending armies as headquarters, hospitals and barracks. Zion Church was no exception. In August 1862, Union soldiers stopped briefly at the church during an expedition to southern Spotsylvania County. Within minutes, wrote a Union soldier, the quiet meeting house became “a perfect bedlam…filled with soldiers, some scuffling, some whistling, some playing cards on the little plain table in front of the pulpit, while one independent gentleman in his shirt sleeves occupies the minister’s chair in the pulpit and is engaged in…combing his hair.”

Worse was yet to come. In May 1864, Union and Confederate armies fought at nearby Spotsylvania Court House. As the shifting battle lines moved southward, Zion Church found itself in the center of the conflict. Gens. Robert E. Lee and A.P. Hill met with officers at the church, while in the upstairs gallery Southern signal men equipped with high-powered telescopes kept a vigilant watch on Union troops one mile east of here.

The commotion around the church did not go unnoticed. Union gunners, noting the activity, peppered the building with shot and shell. “During our stay there,” recalled one Southern signalman, “every glass in the window was broken out by shells and Minie Balls.”

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Close Up of Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
2. Close Up of Map
of picture on right)
: The tombstone of Corporal Thomas A. Harris, one of three Confederate soldiers buried at Zion Church. Harris’s regiment, the 9th Virginia Cavalry, screened the Confederate army’s right flank at Spotsylvania and engaged Union troops at Myers Hill.
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 11.637′ N, 77° 35.191′ W. Marker is in Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is at the intersection of Courthouse Road (Virginia Route 208) and Massaponax Church Road (Virginia Route 613), on the right when traveling south on Courthouse Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8700 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania VA 22553, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stubbs School (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Education in Spotsylvania County (about 500 feet away); The Good Hope Colored School (about 500 feet away); Forever young, (about 700 feet away); Batter Up: Spotsylvania Yellow Jackets (approx. 0.2 miles away);
Zion Methodist Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., November 18, 2007
3. Zion Methodist Church and Marker
Booth Hall (approx. 0.4 miles away); Spotsylvania County Jail (approx. half a mile away); Spotsylvania Courthouse and Jail (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania.
 
Also see . . .  Zion United Methodist church official website. ...the "brick church on the road to Travelers Rest” (Submitted on November 20, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.War, US Civil
 
Zion Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., November 18, 2007
4. Zion Methodist Church
The Tombstone of Cpl Harris, as shown in the marker. image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., November 18, 2007
5. The Tombstone of Cpl Harris, as shown in the marker.
Cpl Harris, like many of the church's congregation, enlisted and served their country in various places.
Other members of Cpl Harris's family are also buried here alongside him. image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., November 18, 2007
6. Other members of Cpl Harris's family are also buried here alongside him.
Zion United Methodist Church Flagpole image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., November 18, 2007
7. Zion United Methodist Church Flagpole
The Zion United Methodist Church flagpole is dedicated in memory of Charles R. Bell
In memory of Charles R. Bell image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., November 18, 2007
8. In memory of Charles R. Bell
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 20, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,041 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 20, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   2. submitted on August 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on November 20, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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