Denmark Presbyterian Church

Denmark Presbyterian Church (HM1F6L)

Location: Denmark, TN 38391 Madison County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 31.96', W 89° 0.046'

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Wartime House of Worship

This church, built by slaves in 1854, played a significant role in Madison County's Civil War experiences. In April 1861, days after the firing on Fort Sumter, South Carolina, 104 local men formed a company called The Danes, later part of the 6th Tennessee Infantry (CSA). The community gathered here at the church to watch the new soldiers muster before they left for Camp Beauregard in nearby Jackson. At the ceremony, Emma Cobb presented a silk flag with the company's name to Capt. John Ingram.

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.

Near the church is its historic cemetery, where three Confederate veterans, including Capt. Ingram, are buried. The Church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

"We captured two pieces of artillery, destroyed a portion of the (wagon) train, and took 213 prisoners."—Gen. Frank C. Armstrong, September 2, 1862

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(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
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HM NumberHM1F6L
Series This marker is part of the Tennessee: Tennessee Civil War Trails series
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Placed ByTennessee Civil War Trails
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 10:38pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 318605 N 3933957
Decimal Degrees35.53266667, -89.00076667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 31.96', W 89° 0.046'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 31' 57.60" N, 89° 0' 2.76" W
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Area Code(s)731
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2824-2828 Denmark Jackson Rd, Denmark TN 38391, US
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