Greenback in Loudon County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Bivouac of Reconciliation
After the war, a camp of a different sort was created. In 1873, R. Peter Hughes sold land here for use as a campground for religious services. According to the campground’s records, “A few well disposed Christian men conceived the idea of a great meeting to promote the cause of our Great Redeemer and unite the different denominations in Christian fellowship, and to allay the feuds engendered by the late national difficulties.” Some of the trustees had been Confederates, others Unionists, but they set aside those loyalties to overcome the war’s bitterness and urged others here to do the same.
Originally called Union Campmeeting, the property later was named National Campground. The first meetings were held in a tent. In 1874 the Tabernacle Shed was constructed from timber donated by neighboring farmers. It still stands, appearing as it did then, just beyond the trees to your left. It is the only surviving
Preacher's House - Courtesy Greenback Historical Society
National Campground meeting, 1908 - Courtesy Greenback Historical Society
Boarding House - Courtesy Greenback Historical Society
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 41.25′ N, 84° 13.302′ W. Marker is in Greenback, Tennessee, in Loudon County. Marker is on King Road 0.3 miles south of National Campground Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1849 King Road, Greenback TN 37742, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Morganton Crossing (approx. 3.1 miles away); Fort Loudon (approx. 6.3 miles away); Welcome to Fort Loudoun State Historic Area Unicoi Turnpike Trail (approx. 6.4 miles away); Fort Loudoun (approx. 6.4 miles away); Sam Houston American Giant Homesite (approx. 6.6 miles away); Cherokee Villages (approx. 6.7 miles away); Sequoyah (approx. 6.7 miles away).
Categories. • Churches, Etc. • War, US Civil •
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