Sunday, June 16, 2013

Third Sunday - June, 2013

Claiborne County, Mississippi

Bethel Church - 1845

The congregation of Bethel Presbyterian Church was organized in 1826 and built this Greek Revival church around 1845. The original pointed steeple was destroyed by a tornado and the slave gallery has been removed, but the fabric of the church survives mostly intact. There are several interesting architectural features including pilasters on the exterior of the building and hood molding over the windows, a feature normally associated with Gothic Revival structures.

During the Civil War, General Grant, after failing to land his troops at Grand Gulf, marched down the Louisiana side of the Mississippi river, crossed the river and landed in Bruinsburg, Mississippi, in what was to be the largest amphibious landing prior to World War II. The bulk of Grant's troops marched down the road in front of Bethel Church on their way to fight the strategically important Battle of Port Gibson, on May 1, 1863.

On May 2, 1863, the Stars and Stripes were raised over the Claiborne County Courthouse.


  1. Enjoyed reading about the ol' Bethel. Thanks!

  2. Love the story and photos, Edd. Thanks for sharing both...


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