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Longstreet fortunately stood within the confines of Fort Bragg and became a landmark that aviators trained their eyes to spot during practice operations. The Presbyterian Church was built sometime during the mid-18th-century and the first sermon delivered by Reverend Hugh McAden on January 28, 1756. In the church's cemetery are tombs of the first church elders and soldiers from the colonial period to Confederate boys who defended Cape Fear against General Sherman's march.
Its original name was the “Meeting House”: its latter name, Cape Fear Baptist Church, inspired by the nearby stream. A Colonial construction, this church in Gray’s Creek was touted as one of the first erected in Cumberland County. Its value was also asserted by an illustrious history: a temporary hospital and bivouac site for General Sherman’s troops.