Cannonsburg, Mississippi

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Cannonsburg, Mississippi
Cannonsburg is located in Mississippi
Cannonsburg is located in the United States
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
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.


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]


  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