Denmark in Madison County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Denmark Presbyterian Church
Wartime House of Worship
On the eve of the Battle of Britton Lane on August 31, 1862, the 20th and 30th Illinois Infantry Regiments commanded by Col. Elias S. Dennis camped in a grove of mulberry trees near the church. After the battle, Confederate Gen. Frank C. Armstrong’s cavalry brigade spent the night in Denmark on its return south. The Confederates kept their prisoners on the church’s second floor, which was a Masonic Lodge. Inscriptions believed to have been written by these Federal soldiers can still be seen along the bottoms of the walls.
By 1863, the Union army controlled much of West Tennessee. Local Confederates returning to Denmark on leave had to be careful. During one Sunday service here, a Federal patrol burst into the church and two visiting Confederates had to hide under their girlfriends’ hoop skirts to avoid capture.
“We captured two pieces of artillery, destroyed a portion of the (wagon) train, and took 213 prisoners.”—Gen. Frank C. Armstrong, September 2, 1862
(lower left) Map of Denmark - Courtesy Tennessee Library and Archives
(upper center) Col. Elias S. Dennis and Gen. Frank C. Armstrong Courtesy Library of Congress
(upper right) Graffiti inside the church: “Always Remember” and “Memphis, Tenn.” Courtesy Tim Batross
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 31.96′ N, 89° 0.046′ W. Marker is in Denmark, Tennessee, in Madison County. Marker is at the intersection of Denmark Jackson Road and Britton Lane, on the right when traveling east on Denmark Jackson Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Denmark TN 38391, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Denmark Danes (here, next to this Flag Bearer for Denmark Danes (within shouting distance of this marker); Denmark Presbyterian Church Mulberry Grove (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Britton's Lane (approx. 3.8 miles away); Battle of Britton Lane (approx. 3.8 miles away); Britton Lane (approx. 3.8 miles away); John Murrell (approx. 6.6 miles away); Armstrong's Raid (approx. 9.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Denmark.
Also see . . .
1. The 1854 Denmark Presbyterian Church History. Big Black Creek Historical Association (Submitted on June 27, 2014.)
2. The Battle of Britton's Lane. Big Black Creek Historical Association (Submitted on June 27, 2014.)
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches & Religion • War, US Civil •
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