St. Louis Civil War Roundtable
1. What was the name and denomination of the famous church on the battlefield at Sharpsburg?
The Dunker Church, a worship house for German Baptist Brethren. The land for the church was donated by the Mumma family whose farm is part of the battlefield. Lincoln was believed to have been baptized by a minister of this sect, the religion of his mother.
2. What was the name of the house of worship that lent its name to the Georgia battle of 15-26 May 1864 in Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign?
New Hope (Baptist) Church in Paulding County, Georgia.
3. What 1864 battle was fought around these houses of God: Pole Green Church, Shady Grove Church, Bethesda Church, Enon Church, Walnut Grove Church?
The Battle of Bethesda Church or Totopotomoy Creek on 28-30 May 1864.
4. What church gave its name to a major battle that was part of the Chancellorsville Campaign?
Salem (Baptist) Church served as a hospital for both sides.
5. General O.O. Howard defended trenches against his old pal John B. Hood at the Battle of the Poor House in Fulton County, Georgia on 28 Jul 1864. What was the other name for this battle based on a small chapel there?
The Battle of Ezra (Methodist) Church a small chapel in the center of Howard’s line. During the battle Wangelin’s Union Brigade fought behind a barricade of benches removed from the church. The church was burned during the siege.
6. What was the name of the Richmond church in which President Davis was notified that General Lee was abandoning the Richmond-Petersburg defenses on 2 April 1865?
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church was consecrated in 1845.
7. What is the denomination of the Shiloh Church which gave its name to the famous 1862 battle?
The rough log meeting house located on the right flank of Sherman’s position was Methodist. The congregation still exists today but in new facilities near the old church site.
8. Father William Corby, CSC, chaplain of the Irish Brigade of New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, was a member of what order of Catholic priests?
The Congregation of the Holy Cross (Congregatio a Sancta Cruce)and he served twice as president of The University of Notre Dame.
9. What was the name of the congregation of Reverend William N. Pendleton, Lee’s artillerist?
10. Leonidas Polk, the Fighting Bishop and graduate of West Point, left the Army to serve as an Episcopal minister and eventually Bishop of the Diocese of Louisiana. What was the name of the church that he and his brothers built and paid for at Ashford in Maury County, Tennessee?
St. John’s Episcopal Church is one of Tennessee’s few remaining plantation churches, which were built to serve a family and its slaves and neighbors. Probably the most famous person buried in the churchyard cemetery was Patrick Cleburne after he was killed at Franklin. He was moved to Helena, Arkansas after six years. Confederate generals Strahl and Granbury were also buried there on a temporary basis.
11. What are the names of the four guns of the Rockbridge Artillery battery that was formed and trained by Captain (Rector) William N. Pendleton in Lexington, Virginia?
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The modified bronze 6-pounder smoothbore guns are today on line in front of the VMI Barracks.
12. What is the name of the Baptist Church where General Grant and his staff famously conferred en-route from Spotsylvania to North Anna on 21 May 1864?
13. What church that gave its name to the 10 June 1861 battle near Fortress Monroe, Virginia?
Big Bethel Church was the name of the engagement. The church walls were defiled with markings left for the Rebels such as “Death to Traitors” by an earlier Union reconnaissance force.
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