Daily Archives: 17 January 2013

More markers for Macon: Georgia city to showcase its Civil War experience

A heads up to our Historical Marker Database Georgia correspondents – Six new markers planned for Macon. From the Macon, Georgia Telegraph:

New Civil War markers to be placed in Macon

Macon did not see a major battle during the Civil War, but the community was a hotbed of activity.

Its residents built weapons, ammunition and cared for more wounded soldiers than any other Confederate city except Richmond, Va.

Some of Macon’s little-known history will be on display later this year on six new permanent Civil War markers.

The Macon Sesquicentennial Committee has been working in recent years to promote the area’s rich heritage during the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States.

“We just think this is an opportunity,” said Conie Mac Darnell, a Sesquicentennial Committee member. “Macon has a wonderful history to be told.”

The newest slate of signs will complement five other markers already in place and two others that have been commissioned through Civil War Heritage Trails. The nonprofit organization is developing a half-dozen trails across the state, four of them touch Macon.

The Macon committee’s latest markers will be independent of the trail project.

“Our intention, of course, is to make these sites in Macon very attractive to Civil War enthusiasts nationwide and worldwide,” said Bill Elliott, chairman of the Macon Sesquicentennial Committee.

The committee has been poring over prospective sites and culled six that are expected to be installed in this order: religious life, hospitals, Rose Hill Cemetery, contributions of the black community, foundries and the Union passenger station.

The signs have already arrived, but rights of way and easements are being secured.

Beginning in February, the markers are expected to be installed about every month.

Macon’s contributions to the war peaked from 1863 to 1864, so the marker placement will coincide with the 150th anniversary of some events.

“It’s time to maximize the exposure to the Civil War,” Elliott said. “People are coming from all over the world to America during this sesquicentennial of the Civil War.”

The Sesquicentennial Committee is looking for sponsors of each marker to help fund its annual maintenance.

Macon already has a good number of markers from the Georgia state system that detail the area’s Civil War story. But more are always welcome. Particularly markers previously unaddressed topics. The article does not specify, but these should be wayside type markers – providing more interpretive options over the monopole metal highway markers. Of course I’m looking forward to the foundry marker.