Listed here are blog entries, pages, and links to marker lists which detail the historical markers located on Civil War battlefields. For the most part these are logical groupings based on either geographic proximity, locations on tour routes/trails, or military formations.
The intent is to offer “virtual tours” of the battlefield by way of historical markers. A “tour” may cover an entire battle (where the number of markers is small) or just a segment of a larger battlefield. Each tour set offers between three to thirty marker entries. The individual marker entries vary in quality, however. The best entries offer not only a photo and text on the marker, but also subject and area photographs in order to reinforce the interpretation. The entries also offer links to more information about the events discussed on the marker.
These marker entries are the products of the time and toil of many different contributors at Historical Marker Database. If you like what you see there, please feel free to help out. If you have corrections to the content, better photos, or more detailed explanations, those are all welcome additions. Simply follow the instructions on the web site to add comments, photos, or links.
For now the list presented here is in geographic groupings – by states. That may change and different sorts may be added later. The evolution of a “tour” progresses form a simple related set of markers (with corresponding map view), usually up to a blog entry reviewing the tour or trail, and then finally to a full page on the battlefield.
The listing is a work in progress and will be updated as time permits.
District of Columbia:
Antietam – A page listing all the marker relations for the Antietam campaign. It is possible to follow the campaign from the Chantilly Battlefield to Shepherdstown by way of markers. In addition to geographical groupings, sets related by divisional formations are offered.
Gettysburg Campaign – (In Progress) – Page detailing marker and monuments related to the Gettysburg Campaign and Battle.
River’s Bridge (map) – A set of markers near Ehrhardt, South Carolina, at the River’s Bridge State Park which interpret this relatively small battle. Some have called the action the only major resistance to Sherman’s march through South Carolina.
Fort Dickerson (map) – A set of markers interpreting this fortification within the defenses of Knoxville, Tennessee. The fort was tested in November-December 1863 by Confederates under General James Longstreet. The locations of interpretive markers for this site are estimate, pending further site visits.
Fort Donelson (map) – In Kentucky, along the Tennessee River, is a state marker indicating the site of Fort Heiman. Markers within the “Land Between the Lakes” point out the location of Fort Henry and discuss the Federal advance to Fort Donelson.
Cedar Creek, Virginia (map) – October 19, 1864. The Cedar Creek battlefield is under pressure from nearby mining projects. This set of related markers follows the driving tour guide of the battlefield.
Cedar Mountain (map) – On August 9, 1862, Jackson started what would become the Second Manassas Campaign at this battle. This set includes interpretive markers at the Battlefield site and several Virginia State markers outside the battlefield. Five monuments from the Culpeper National Cemetery are included, referencing Federal activity at the battle.
Chancellorsville – A page with links to ten virtual tour sets. Chancellorsville’s battlefield overlaps battles at Fredericksburg and the Wilderness. While spread out enough to require driving between tour stops, the park offers four great walking trails. In addition the CWPT First Day battlefield is worth a stop.
Kernstown (map) – The majority of this set cover the March 23, 1862 battle of Kernstown. However a few reference the Second Kernstown fought on July 23, 1863. The markers cover the Pritchard Farm and Rose Hill sites.
Manassas (First) – Set of trails related by markers for First Manassas.
Spotsylvania Campaign – Seven virtual tours organized by stops on the park route.
Wilderness Campaign – Five virtual tours cover the opening battle of the Overland Campaign.
Camp Bartow and the Battle of Greenbrier River (map) – Sharp action fought on October 3, 1861 for control of a section of the Staunton-Parkersburg Pike. This is a precursor to the battle of Camp Allegheny above. Section of original earthworks visible from road.
Droop Mountain (map) – Battle fought on November 6, 1863.
Harpers Ferry – Includes marker listings and referenced trip report blog entries.
Other topics of note:
Blue Ridge Mountain Passes.
The Escape, Pursuit, and Capture of John Wilkes Booth (map) – A series of markers from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia which detail the story of Booth’s attempt to escape following the assassination of President Lincoln.