Daily Archives: 17 November 2009

HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of November 16

New entries in the Civil War category at HMDB this week cover just about every corner of the Civil War.  Pinpoints for this week’s fifty-four additions include sites in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.   Here are the highlights of this “bumper crop”:

-A state marker in Blountsville, Alabama indicates where General N.B. Forrest captured the trains of Col. A.B. Streight, during the later’s ill-fated raid of April-May, 1863.

- Another Alabama state marker, this one in Birmingham, relates the activities of General James Wilson’s March 1865 raid, which met with more success than the 1863 attempt.

- According to a marker in Patagonia, New Mexico, the Mowry Mine there provided lead to the Confederacy at some point during the war.

- Our Georgia markers jump around a bit.  First off, Bacon County was named in honor of Augustus O. Bacon, a local politician and officer in the 9th Georgia Infantry.

- An addition to the collection of monuments and markers at Chickamauga this week – the 22nd Michigan’s monument on Snodgrass Hill.

- A state marker in Monticello, Georgia offers details of the Stoneman Raid of July 1864.

- A state marker in Atlanta relates details of the Battle of Utoy Creek.

- Other entries this week mark the course of Sherman’s march to the sea.  In Sparta, Georgia, a ruse by a local Confederate officer successfully deterred the Federals.  Instead, the Federals moved toward nearby Sandersville.

- A state marker in Warthen, Georgia indicates a spot where Confederate President Jefferson Davis rested on his flight from Richmond.

- Three Confederate memorials from Georgia this week.  The Butts County memorial in Jackson features the statue of a soldier at attention.  The soldier atop Douglas, Georgia’s Coffee County memorial is at rest.  And the figure on the Waycross Confederate Memorial has his musket shouldered.

- The figure on the Westfield, Massachusetts memorial has his musket, with bayonet attached, cradled.

- A state marker in Carthage, Missouri relates some details of the July 5, 1861 battle in the town, the second major engagement in the Civil War.  The town was also burned by southern guerrillas in 1864.

- A state marker in New Mexico stands at the site of Fort Craig.  Troops from the fort were involved in the Federal defeat at nearby Valverde in 1862.   Another New Mexico entry this week mentions fighting on April 15, 1862 near Peralta.

- An unidentified cannon tops a memorial in Katonah, New York.  Most of the men listed on the memorial served in the 4th New York Heavy Artillery.

- A Civil War Trails marker in Newburg, Maryland orients visitors to the route taken by John Wilkes Booth after Lincoln Assassination.

- Nearly a dozen entries this week cover the Fayetteville Arsenal in North Carolina.  The Arsenal was created in 1838.  It was seized and used by the Confederates during the Civil War.  On March 11-12, 1865, the 1st Michigan Engineers, acting on orders handed down from General Sherman to Colonel Orlando Poe, destroyed the Arsenal.  Another marker in Fayetteville details skirmishing between Confederate cavalry and the Federal advance.

- Several Civil War related entries from Cincinnati, Ohio this week.  Details of the life and career of Salmon P. Chase, the wartime Secretary of the Treasury, are offered on a two-sided state marker.  Another dual-sided marker offers details of the Black Brigade of Cincinnati.  The unit was formed in reaction to rebuffs and poor treatment of the African-Americans of the city during the war.  Another state marker mentions the Sultana disaster, mentioning the loss of returning Ohio veterans.  Lastly, the Cincinnati based firm of Proctor & Gamble grew substantially making candles and soap for wartime contracts.

- The Williamsburg County Confederate memorial in Kingstree, South Carolina features a soldier in a “rest” position.

- A state marker from Morrison, Tennessee discusses a skirmish in Guest Hollow between Gen. N.B. Forrest’s command and a Federal garrison on August 29, 1862.

- Two memorials from Arlington Cemetery this week:  one is the Civil War Unknowns memorial and the other the McClellan Gate.

- A new Civil War Trails marker for the Ogg Farm adds to our Trevilian Station Battlefield set.  And a state marker added this week from nearby Louisa mentions both the Trevilian Station fighting in June 1864 and earlier Federal raids in May 1863.

- Linda posted the 8th Vermont Memorial from the Cedar Creek Battlefield this week, completing our set for that field.

- An interpretive marker in Glen Allen, Virginia relates the story of John Cossons, “a successful soldier, explorer, historical writer, and landowner” who served as a scout during the war.

- Five more entries this week add to the collection of markers along the Richmond, Virginia riverfront.

- Eight entries in Beverly, West Virginia relate Civil War activities in that crossroads town (with more to follow next week).