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National Campground - Greenback, TN
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Team Geologynut
N 35° 41.257 W 084° 13.310
16S E 751405 N 3952858
Quick Description: A Civil War Trail marker located in Greenback Tennessee
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 1/9/2019 5:03:00 PM
Waymark Code: WMZVMH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
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Long Description:
Bivouac of Reconciliation

In November 1863, Confederate Gen. James Longstreet besieged Knoxville and Union Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside's force there. Late in the month, after the Federal victory at Chattanooga, Gen. William T. Sherman led his corps north through largely Unionist Loudon County to Knoxville to relieve the siege. Sherman's men bivouacked at several places in thecounty, transforming the countryside into an armed camp. After the war, a camp of a different sort was created. In 1873, R. Peter Hughes sold land here for use as a campground 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 original building. Thousands of people came by horse and wagon, some staying for the full two weeks of round-the-clock services. Meetings have been held annually since 1873, and today September services are held nightly on five consecutive evenings. The National Campground was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
Type of site: Church

Off King Rd
Greenback, TN United States

Admission Charged: No Charge

Website: [Web Link]

Driving Directions:
From US 321 take SR95 to National Campground Rd then left on King Rd for about 1/4 mile. Site is on right.

Phone Number: Not listed

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