Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Civil War in Tennessee
Memphis during the War
Confederate Park, on the bluffs downtown, contains markers and memorials about the battle. Nearby Jefferson Davis Park commemorates the former Confederate president, who lived here as an insurance executive for several years after the war. Confederate Gen. Leonidas Polk and Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant had their headquarters in the Hunt-Phelan House at different times in 1862. Several U.S. Colored Troops regiments served at Fort Pickering. The Slave Haven Museum is at the Historic Jacob Burkie House(1849).
Beale Street Baptist Church (1871), which houses one of Memphis's oldest African American congregations, and the site of the Freedman's Bank, a key 1865 African American business, tell the Reconstruction story.
Memphis National Cemetery (Exit 8) contains the graves of many Union veterans and those killed in the 1865 Sultana disaster, when a riverboat carrying former Federal prisoners of war exploded and sank near Memphis.
Follow the routes of the armies along the Tennessee civil War Trails. Colorful
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 8.955′ N, 90° 3.276′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is on Riverside Drive south of Jefferson Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located at the Tennessee Welcome Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 119 Riverside Drive, Memphis TN 38103, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. U.S. Supreme Court Rules On Overton Park and I-40 (a few steps from this marker); Fort Adams, Mississippi/Old River Control Structure/Homochitto Cutoff (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mud Island (about 700 feet away); Virginia ("Ginnie") Bethel Moon (about 800 feet away); Mississippi River Park (about 800 feet away); Elizabeth Avery Meriwether (about 800 feet away); Jefferson Davis Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Park (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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