Daily Archives: 3 November 2009

HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of November 2

Large number of entries this week for the Civil War category.  Another forty-eight entries this week, representing sites in Connecticut, District 0f Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.  Here is the summary:

- Naugatuck, Connecticut boasts a “soldier at rest” statue atop a memorial to the community’s Civil War veterans.

- A Cultural Tourism DC marker relates the story of College Hill.  In the 1820s, Commodore David Porter built “Meridian Hill” in the neighborhood.  During the Civil War the Army garrisoned troops in the area.  After the war, the neighborhood grew out with working class African-American homes.

- Wheeler County, Georgia is named for Confederate General Joesph Wheeler.

- We have a new series at HMDB – Illinois’ Looking for Lincoln markers.  The Bement, Illinois stop along that trail is a marker detailing the town’s contributions to the war effort.

- In New Bern, North Carolina, Federal troops occupying the city used the First Presbyterian Church and the New Bern Academy as hospitals.

- Two sets of markers around Kinston, North Carolina this week.  One set discusses the Battle of Kinston, fought December 13-14, 1862 ( Stop 2 and  Stop 9).  Another three markers relate details of the Battle of Wyse Fork, March 8-10, 1865.

- A Civil War Trails marker in Hot Springs, North Carolina gives us our Southern Unionist story for the week.  The 2nd North Carolina Mounted Infantry overran a Confederate outpost there in October 1863.  A sidebar introduces John C. and Sydney Vance Pickens, brothers who fought on opposite sides of the war.

- In nearby Marshall, North Carolina is another “Robert E. Lee” marker along the Dixie Highway.  These are 1920s memorials placed by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

- The “B Side” of a marker in Okeana, Ohio discusses the locality’s Copperhead movement during the Civil War.

- From Phoenixville, Pennsylvania are entries for the Phoenix Iron & Steel Company also known as the Phoenix Iron Company which produced the Griffen gun and over one-thousand 3-inch Ordnance Rifles.  On display in town are one of the original Griffen Guns and one of the last 3-inch Ordnance Rifles produced.

- A dramatic pose from the statue on the Sons of Charleston Confederate Memorial, in Charleston, South Carolina.

- In Manning, South Carolina, a statue of a Confederate soldier stands as Clarendon County’s memorial to its veterans – which includes a rather stirring verse inscription.  Likewise the Lancaster County memorial in Lancaster, South Carolina offers its own provoking inscription.

- A marker in Kelton, South Carolina relates the odd story of Professor Lowe’s April 1861 balloon flight from Ohio.  The spot where  the balloon touched ground is marked by a stone marker (an entry from a previous week).

- Another marker from Greenville, Tennessee highlights the Dickson-Williams Mansion and its connection to General John H. Morgan.

- Two entries this week from the Chattanooga Battlefield – a tablet for the 3d Ohio Infantry and the New York Peace Monument.

- A state marker in Manassas, Virginia speaks of the town’s history, particularly the railroad junction which became important in the Civil War.  A city wayside points out the location of the repair shops and turntable which supported that railroad activity, and the location of the famous photos of wrecked trains at Manassas.

- Several markers from along Richmond’s riverfront this week:  Confederate prison camp on Belle IsleGallego Mills in the city’s industrial center burned in the fires started in the 1865 evacuation;  A plaque marks the location of piers for the wartime Richmond & Petersburg railroad;  A uniquely constructed memorial to “Three Days in April 1865” discusses the fall of the Confederate capitol.

- Buchanan, Virginia boasts a memorial to the Botetourt Artillery.  The battery initially enlisted as part of the 28th Virginia Infantry, becoming Anderson’s Battery after converting to artillery, then finally the Botetourt Artillery in March 1863.

- Two state markers trace parts of Jackson’s march toward Manassas in August 1862, one near Amissville in Culpeper County and the other near Orlean in Fauquier County.  As time permits, I will group these and several other state markers tracing the Second Manassas Campaign.

- Following the Maryland Campaign, and the Confederate withdrawal, General Jackson’s command camped near Criglersville, Virginia on November 25, 1862.

- The property once owned by Col. John Jameson, a Revolutionary War leader, in Culpeper, Virginia was used as a burial ground during the Civil War.  The remains were later relocated to the city’s Citizen’s Cemetery.

- A state marker and a Civil War Trails marker relate details of the September 22, 1863 battle of Jack’s Shop.  In this not-well-known fight, Federal cavalry nearly surrounded Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s cavalry.  As several historians have noted, a lot happened in the east after Gettysburg!

- Federals raided Christiansburg, Virginia twice in 1864 – May 10 and April 5 – according to the state marker in the town.

- Two new wayside markers at Spotsylvania, both near Stop Six, the East Face of the Salient – A Mass Capture and Fighting for Time.  These markers are now included in the Spotsylvania Battlefield markers collection, within the related set for Stops Six and Seven.

- We completed a set covering the battle of Corrick’s Ford, West Virginia.  One or two additional markers likely remain in that area, for another day’s battlefield walking.