Cannonsburg, Mississippi

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Cannonsburg, Mississippi
Cannonsburg is located in Mississippi
Cannonsburg
Cannonsburg
Cannonsburg is located in the United States
Cannonsburg
Cannonsburg
Coordinates: 31°38′02″N 91°12′40″W / 31.63389°N 91.21111°W / 31.63389; -91.21111Coordinates: 31°38′02″N 91°12′40″W / 31.63389°N 91.21111°W / 31.63389; -91.21111
CountryUnited States
StateMississippi
CountyJefferson
Elevation
276 ft (84 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
GNIS feature ID690909[1]

Cannonsburg (also Cannonsburgh) is an unincorporated community in Jefferson County, Mississippi, United States.[1]

It is located on U.S. Route 61, 11 mi (18 km) southwest of Fayette.

History[edit]

Shackleford Spring in Cannonsburg, where Andrew Jackson's weary troops camped and refreshed themselves while marching against the British during the War of 1812.[2]

Bethel Church was established in Cannonsburg in 1804, the first Presbyterian Church in the Mississippi Territory. A Mississippi historic plaque recognizing Joseph Bullen, the church's founder, is located east of the settlement.[3][4]

Richard Harrison owned a plantation in Cannonsburg which by 1860 had 38 slaves.[citation needed]

The Bethlehem Baptist Church was organized in Cannonsburg in 1860, and served the community's freed blacks and ex-slaves. The Church held a prominent position in Jefferson County's social, religious, and civic life. During the 1960s, the church held the first civil rights mass meeting in Jefferson County.[5]

Cannonsburg was a stop on the Natchez, Jackson and Columbus Railroad, which began operating in the 1870s.[6]

By 1891, Cannonsburg had a post office and a population of 31.[7] The post office has since closed.[8]

An oil field known at the Cannonsburg Field is located north of the settlement.[9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cannonsburg
  2. ^ "Works Progress Administration Scrapbooks". Mississippi Department of Archives and History. 1936–1941.
  3. ^ Bates, George T. (November 12, 1967). "The Early Years of the Union Church Presbyterian Church". Old New Orleans.
  4. ^ "Joseph Bullen". Stoppingpoints. June 17, 2009.
  5. ^ Thompson, Bennie G. (December 5, 2013). "Honoring Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church". Congressional Record - U.S. Congress.
  6. ^ Hoffman, Gil; Howe, Tony. "Natchez, Jackson & Columbus Railroad". Msrailroads. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  7. ^ Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Mississippi. Goodspeed. 1891. p. 178.
  8. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cannonsburg Post Office (historical)
  9. ^ Davis, David C.; Lambert, Jr., Ernest H. (1963). "Cannonsburg Field: Jefferson County, Mississippi". Mississippi Geological Society.
  10. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cannonsburg Oil Field