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Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Civil War in Tennessee

Memphis during the War

 
 
Civil War in Tennessee Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, May 12, 2012
1. Civil War in Tennessee Marker
Inscription. In 1860, Memphis had Tennessee's largest cotton and slave markets and was a strategic Mississippi River gateway. The naval battle of Memphis in June 1862 took place as thousands of residents watched nine Union vessels defeat eight Confederate ships. The Federals occupied the city for the rest of 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
View of marker next to Tennessee Welcome Center. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 8, 2018
2. View of marker next to Tennessee Welcome Center.
markers at each stop tell the story of the war's interesting people, places, and events. A free map guide to the Tennessee Trails Network is available in the Welcome Center. Please drive carefully as you enjoy the beauty and history of the Tennessee Civil War Trails.
 
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);
Confederate Park, Ca. 1910 image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, May 12, 2012
3. Confederate Park, Ca. 1910
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
 
Memphis Surrenders image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, May 12, 2012
4. Memphis Surrenders
Union Lt. Charles R. Ellet approaches Memphis to demand surrender. June 27, 1862.
Civil War in Tennessee Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, May 12, 2012
5. Civil War in Tennessee Marker
The Sultana image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, May 12, 2012
6. The Sultana
Display in the nearby Tennessee Welcome Center. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 8, 2018
7. Display in the nearby Tennessee Welcome Center.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 13, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 794 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 13, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee.   2. submitted on April 8, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 18, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee.   7. submitted on April 8, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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