Daily Archives: 7 September 2010

HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of September 6

Forty-eight additions to the Civil War category at the Historical Marker Database this week, from Civil War related sites in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Indiana, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.  Here’s the list:

- A marker in Florence, Alabama notes the narrow escape, in December 1864 of the Army of Tennessee from the Hood’s disastrous Middle Tennessee campaign.

- The Central Bank in Montgomery, Alabama supported the Confederacy during the war, and was bankrupt in the end.

- More markers in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  The Chabannes-Sealy House was used as a stable by Federal forces in April 1865.  The Jemison House was home to Robert Jemison, politician who initially opposed secession (although he later served in the Confederate congress).

- Eleven entries this week covering the battlefield in Prairie Grove, Arkansas.  More to follow next week, matched into a tour by markers (and eventually a trip report).

- Guarded by Dahlgren Boat Howitzers, a memorial in New Haven, Connecticut honors the 9th Connecticut Infantry.

- A stone marker in Rochester, Indiana commemorates the Underground Railroad network which operated in the community through the end of the Civil War.

- Twenty entries cover the Wilson’s Creek (or if you prefer, Oak Hills) Battlefield, fought on August 10, 1861, outside Springfield, Missouri.   I’ll back the marker entries up with a tour report shortly.

- Another Springfield, Missouri entry notes Zagonyi’s Charge, one of the often overlooked sites in the Southwest Missouri city.

- In Tabernacle, New Jersey, the home of Gilbert W. Knight, of the 23rd New Jersey Volunteers, is preserved.

- Reconciliation Plaza at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York highlights the role of Academy graduates in the war.

- Revolutionary War era cannons in Edenton, North Carolina served the Confederacy, briefly.  The state purchased the guns in France in 1778, and in 1861 the old guns were pressed into service defending Edenton.  Federals spiked and damaged the guns to render them useless for military purposes.

- A plaque in Salisbury, North Carolina notes the location of 18 burial trenches used when the Confederate prison camp was in operation there.

- A marker in Carlisle, Pennsylvania notes that alumni of Dickinson College included eleven Federal and one Confederate generals.

- A Lincoln Highway marker in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania notes the passing of the Confederate Army moving toward Gettysburg in 1863 and the burning of the town in July 1864.

- A state marker near Boca Chica, Texas notes the last battle of the war at Palmito Ranch, which as any Civil War trivia buff recalls was  a Confederate victory.

- A veterans memorial in Copperton, Utah notes Civil War veterans buried in the Bingham City Cemetery.

- A plaque in Alexandria, Virginia notes the birthplace of Confederate General Montgomery Corse.

- A county marker in Annandale, Virginia details an attack on the Federal garrison by Mosby’s Partisan Rangers in August 1864.

- Another replacement marker for the Richmond Battlefields, this one discussing Fort Harrison and the 1864 campaign around Richmond.

- Fredericksburg Battlefield also has “refreshed” historical markers.  Entries this week include one orienting visitors at Chatham.

- A memorial in Oshkosh, Wisconsin notes Camp Bragg, where the 21st and 23rd Wisconsin formed before moving off to war.

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