HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of August 24

Twenty-nine new entries this week in the Civil War Category.  These represent Civil War sites and memorials in the District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.  Here’s the rundown:

- Adding to our General Meade collection is an entry this week for the General’s memorial in Washington, D.C.

- “Wonderful view… even if the battlefield is gone” – A state marker discussing the Battle of Allatoona stands at an overlook of the Allatoona Dam.  The marker’s entry is somewhat fitting considering the passing of Bill Scaife last week.

- Another marker near Cartersville, Georgia notes the site of the Etowah munitions and iron works, which were of course burned by Sherman’s men in May 1864.

- The career of Georgia war-time Governor Joseph E. Brown is detailed on a marker in Canton, Georgia.

- Jeff Davis County, Georgia, which was formed in 1905, was named in tribute to the Confederate President.  The marker describing the county history also offers a short description of Davis’ career.

- In Elberton, Georgia a Confederate Memorial, which carries the distinct styling of something produced within the last few decades, lists those who lost their lives in the service of the Confederacy hailing from Elbert County.

- Violence during the war was not just confined to the South.  A marker in Fairbanks, Indiana points out a incident which occurred on July 14, 1864.  Anti-war Democrat John Drake was killed by a unidentified Union soldier, while attending a community picnic.

- Speaking again of violence outside the battlefield, in the lead up to the Civil War in “Bleeding Kansas” in January 1858, anti-slavery factions who claimed they were deceived in an election, destroyed a ballot box in Mound City, Kansas.  Unfortunately, the simple wood marker does not offer more details on this incident.

- The Civil War Memorial, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania stands at the center of a circle of veterans’ graves.

- A marker in Columbia, South Carolina indicates the birthplace of Brig. Gen. Maxcy Gregg, who was mortally wounded at the battle of Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862.  A street in Columbia was named in Gregg’s honor.

- Also in Columbia, and added this week, is a marker indicting the site of the Palmetto Iron Works.  The factory modified flintlock muskets into percussion types, and later produced a series of small arms for the Confederacy.

- Another manufacturing site in South Carolina, this one in Batesburg – at the Pinarea Plantation stood a sawmill, flour mill, and rifle factory.  The rifle factory supplied weapons to the Confederacy.

- A marker discussing Church Quarter, in Doswell, Virginia relates an interesting story.  On July 16, 1862, as his men marched through, Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson stopped and asked for a drink of water.  When the woman living there discovered the identity of her guest, she preserved the cup Jackson used, handing it down to later generations as a memento of the incident.

- Eleven entries for my Shiloh project this week.  Most of these are along the Pittsburg Landing Road, but commemorate units that did not see action at Shiloh.  I like to call this the “We were here too!” monuments.  Several cavalry units, including a group monument for the Illinois Cavalry, stand along the north side of the road.  However, also in that area is the impressive Iowa Memorial.  Notice the figure that appears to write the inscription. More to follow on Shiloh, as my project moves back out into the fields!

- Four additions for the Battlefield at Fredericksburg this week.  These are new park waysides replacing some of the older interpretive panels and markers:  Dead Horse Hill, Prospect Hill, Hamilton’s Crossing, and Mannsfield Plantation.  These are now included on the “Federal Breakthrough / Prospect Hill” section of the Fredericksburg by Markers page.

One final note, if you look at the blog roll to the right, you’ll notice an addition of “My Adventures in History.”  While not strictly Civil War, in terms of content, I’ve placed it in that category for now.  Don’t know why I have not stumbled across Rebecca’s blog before, but let me extend a belated welcome to a fellow History Channel addict!

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One response to “HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of August 24

  1. Wow, that marker in Indiana is an interesting find!

    Robert