Cotton Grove Road
Formally established in 1825, the cemetery was actually in use about 1800.
Fifty acres of virgin land were donated by the Woolfork family for use as a
public park, campground, and cemetery. During the 1850's and before, the
area was used for week-long "camp meetings" where revival services were held
nightly. Originally, the cemetery was enclosed by a heavy iron fence that
was partially destroyed during the battle fought here in December, 1862.
Pieces of this fence are frequently found just after rain washes away the
Many of Madison County's more prominent founders are buried here in unmarked
graves due to vandals removing the stone markers as well as deterioration of
original wood tombstones. Bullet marks can be found on many of the
remaining stones. The most famous person buried here is Adam Huntsman, the
man who defeated Davy Crockett for Congress in 1836. Davy Crockett was
very upset with the Tennesseans, and made his famous quote "Tennessee can
go to Hell, I'm going to Texas." Thus he met his demise at the Battle of
the Alamo. Three of Huntsman's wives are buried next to him, and these
graves originally had an iron fence around them.
Restoration of the cemetery was done by the John Ingram Camp, Sons Of
Confederate Veterans. The restored entrance way, inlay battle map,
flagpole, and other improvements were dedicated in December, 1994 on the
anniversary of the Battle of Salem Cemetery. The flags flying over the site
are the 1st Confederate National Flag and the Federal Flag of 1862.