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 of Hugh Kennedy was killed by a descendant of Robert Kennedy, his wife, and most of his family were interred on these grounds as is Hugh’s son, Hugh J. Kennedy.
About 1870, Robert Kennedy donated
(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.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 28.164′ N, 88° 14.85′ W. Marker is in Sardis, Tennessee, in Henderson County. Marker is on Doe Creek Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sardis TN 38371, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 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); Brownsport Furnace
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 30, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 370 times since then and 34 times this year. Last updated on March 26, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 30, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.