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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Collierville, Tennessee

Clickable Map of Shelby County, Tennessee and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Shelby County, TN (490) Fayette County, TN (18) Tipton County, TN (34) Crittenden County, AR (27) Mississippi County, AR (52) DeSoto County, MS (27) Marshall County, MS (29)  ShelbyCounty(490) Shelby County (490)  FayetteCounty(18) Fayette County (18)  TiptonCounty(34) Tipton County (34)  CrittendenCountyArkansas(27) Crittenden County (27)  MississippiCounty(52) Mississippi County (52)  DeSotoCountyMississippi(27) DeSoto County (27)  MarshallCounty(29) Marshall County (29)
Memphis is the county seat for Shelby County
Collierville is in Shelby County
      Shelby County (490)  
      Fayette County (18)  
      Tipton County (34)  
      Crittenden County, Arkansas (27)  
      Mississippi County, Arkansas (52)  
      DeSoto County, Mississippi (27)  
      Marshall County, Mississippi (29)  
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1 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Battle of ColliervilleAn Unexpected Guest
Collierville's location on the Memphis and Charleston Railroad made it strategically important throughout the Civil War. Frequently occupied by Union forces, the town found itself in the gun sights of Confederate cavalrymen intent on severing . . . Map (db m37267) HM
2 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Battle of Collierville
(Side one): On Oct. 11, 1863, Gen. James R. Chalmers, with a force of about 3000 Confederate cavalrymen, consisting of the 7th TN, 13th TN, 18th MS, 2nd MO, 2nd AR, and 3rd MS, approached Collierville from the south along Mt. Pleasant Road. . . . Map (db m63137) HM
3 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Chalmers's Collierville Raid"... break the railroad behind him."
Early in November 1863, Union Gen. William T. Sherman was moving east to relieve the Union army at Chattanooga. Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston ordered Gen. James R. Chalmers to "harass [Sherman's] rear and break the railroad behind him." . . . Map (db m37269) HM
4 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Civil War Walking Trail Start/End Kiosk
For the citizens of the State of Tennessee during the early 1860's, the violence and bloodshed of combat were not faraway abstractions, nor were they empty statistics in a textbook. The soldiers who fought and died were not anonymous heroes, . . . Map (db m200760) HM
5 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Collierville Christian Church
The Collierville Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was originally founded in Fayette County near the close of the Civil War. Construction began at the present location in 1873. Renovations to the building were made in 1906, and again in the . . . Map (db m63135) HM
6 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Collierville Civil War Battles Memorial
Louisa Bedford Chapter No. 642, United Daughters of Confederacy in memory of battles fought at Collierville Tennessee Oct. 11-25-Nov. 3, 1863 Dec. 27-28, 1863 Confederate ParkMap (db m200765) WM
7 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Collierville High School
This land, which was actually in Mississippi until 1838, originally belonged to the Chickasaws. This area has served as a central hub for education in Collierville since 1873, when Bellevue Female College constructed a two story wooden building . . . Map (db m76812) HM
8 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Collierville United Methodist ChurchSanctuary on the Square
One of two sanctuaries of Collierville United Methodist Church, the Sanctuary on the Square was built in 1900 by the Methodist Episcopal Church South congregation. The Methodists were the first to erect a church in the community and from . . . Map (db m82673)
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9 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Collierville, Tenn.
Collierville, first known as Oak Grove, was founded in about 1835 and was named for Jesse R. Collier. The county’s second oldest town was near Mt. Pleasant Rd. and Hwy. 57 on land of Adams, Floyd, Hodge, Collier and the Tharp Grant. In 1837, the . . . Map (db m63134) HM
10 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Collierville, Tennessee Veterans MemorialLest We Forget
In Honor of Collierville Area Veterans Dedicated by Collierville VFW Post 5066 Mickey Locke - Commander Jim Inman - Quartermaster Map (db m149076) WM
11 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Confederate Soldiers Memorial
To those who gave so much to their cause during the great conflict. Brave men lie beneath this ground; some in mass graves near the battlefields where they fell, some in lonely unmarked graves, and some in untended cemeteries across the south. The . . . Map (db m200769) WM
12 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Crisscross Lodge1913
The home of Cecil and Laura Davis Elliott was designed in 1913 by architect Bayard Snowden Cairnes of the Memphis firm Hanker and Cairnes. Cairnes, who was trained at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, used a unique hexagonal plan that provided a . . . Map (db m37266) HM
13 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — First Baptist Church
By August 1836, before Jesse Collier and Horace Barbee had advertised “Collier Town for Sale” in the Memphis Enquirer, the Baptists had located in the Collierville area. Shiloh Church was established on the north side of State Line Road . . . Map (db m76816) HM
14 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Fort/StockadeCivil War Walking Trail
*Referenced from The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Chapter XLII. Chalmers' Raid Series 1, Volume 30, Part II, page 783. The following is a quote provided by Colonel R. V. . . . Map (db m149072) HM
15 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Herman W. Cox, Jr.
Herman W. Cox, Jr., life long resident of Collierville, was a 1939 graduate of Collierville High School. He served as an elected leader of Collierville, first as alderman in 1959 and Mayor in 1975, retiring in 1999 after serving for 40 years. . . . Map (db m149082) HM
16 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — History Of The Collierville Town SquareLeake-Irby — July 21, 1866 - July 21, 2006 —
In July of 1866, Collierville, like much of the South, was beginning to recover from the ravages of war. Three years earlier, "Mister Collier's Village" consisting of several homes and a general store a few hundred yards east of the square on Mt. . . . Map (db m149075) HM
17 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Joseph A. Campbell House
The National Register Tennessee Historical Commission Joseph A. Campbell House – 1876 of Historic PlacesMap (db m200768) HM
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18 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — McGinnis ParkEstablished 1998
McGinnis Park is dedicated to the memory of Wiley Washington McGinnis (1875 1959), who first landscaped Collierville Square. The park and streets of the 443 acre Schilling Farms development are named for individuals who contributed to the rich . . . Map (db m149054) HM
19 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Memphis & Charleston RailroadCivil War Walking Trail
The Federal troops quickly understood the importance of taking control of railroads and by May 1862 the US Government held the Memphis & Charleston Railroad with few exceptions until the end of the Civil War. Note that there were up to 15,000 Union . . . Map (db m149079) HM
20 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Presbyterian Church of Collierville
In 1844 Salem Presbyterian Church was established in southeast Shelby County. It remained there until 1871 and then relocated to Collierville. The name was changed to the Presbyterian Church of Collierville. The Presbyterians met at the Methodist . . . Map (db m63131) HM
21 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Ridge of the attackCivil War Walking Trail
This is a portion of the ridge where the Confederates faced the occupying Union Forces and General W. T. Sherman in the Battle of Collierville. When you look north toward the railroad and the town square you are standing in the shadows of the . . . Map (db m119227) HM WM
22 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church
The corner stone for Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church was laid on April 22, 1890. The church was consecrated on May 27, 1891. Anna Holden, the guiding force in the founding of St. Andrew’s, led a group that raised $3,000 to build the church. The . . . Map (db m63132) HM
23 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — The Battle of Collierville
On Sunday October 11, 1863, the Confederate forces of Brigadier General James R. Chalmers, consisting of the 7th, 12th, 13th, and 14th Tennessee Cavalry, the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 12th and 18th Mississippi Cavalry and the 2nd Missouri Cavalry, along with . . . Map (db m149140) HM
24 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — The Original DepotCivil War Walking Trail
Collierville Railroad Depot The first railroad depot in Collierville was located in this vicinity adjacent to the Memphis and Charleston Railroad. A letter was discovered in the Mississippi Library Department of Archives and Special . . . Map (db m149077) HM
25 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — The Original VillageCivil War Walking Trail
The Original Town Site of Collierville/Colliersville In this area and to the east, lies the original town site of Collierville. The lands that were destined to become Collierville traveled through many periods of history before a village . . . Map (db m149071) HM
26 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — The Wigfall Grays4th Tennessee Infantry Co. C
(side 1) On April 15, 1861, eighty men from Collierville organized the Wigfall Grays to oppose President Lincoln’s call for volunteers to invade the South. The company was named in honor of Senator Louis T. Wigfall who was well known for . . . Map (db m82843) HM
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27 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Tom Brooks Park
Herbert Thomas Brooks served in community leadership roles for over 50 years. His leadership and vision affected almost every facet of the community and can be seen in the physical beauty of Collierville's landscape as well as the design of the . . . Map (db m37271) HM
28 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Treating the WoundedCivil War Walking Trail
"The expression of American personality through this war is not to be looked for in the great campaign and the battle-fights. It is to be looked for… in the hospitals, among the wounded.” ~ Walt Whitman notebook entry During the Civil War . . . Map (db m149073) HM
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Feb. 28, 2024