A bumper crop of Civil War markers this week, with eighty-two entered. Here are some entries of note:
From upstate New York is a marker for Streetroad Cemetery highlighting the final resting place for several Union veterans. The last veteran was interred in 1936.
Seems like at least once a week we get a monument or marker associated with Anderson’s Train Raid. The monument is placed on the National Cemetery at Chattanooga.
From North Carolina, a state marker indicates the surrender of Gen. James Martin on May 6, 1864, in Waynesville. Martin’s command was the last organized Confederate force in the state.
We had ten additions to the “Lee’s Retreat” series which mark the Appomattox Campaign. Several markers in addition to that series help make the Appomattox Campaign one of the best interpreted Civil War tours. With the artillery playing a back seat during the Campaign, I’m partial to following the cavalry operations. Of which, one of my favorite actions occurred at High Bridge, where a Civil War Trails marker provides information. Remember it was not the highest bridge, nor the longest bridge, just the highest long bridge….
My contributions this week continued with the Gettysburg area. Most entries this week centered on West Confederate Avenue. Perhaps a bit busy, but I felt the need to show examples of two different Confederate field howitzers near the tablet for Poague’s Howitzers. At the tablet are examples of both Quinby & Robinson and Noble Brothers 12-pounder Field Howitzers. Aside from the novelty factor, the placement of Poague’s Howitzers on the battlefield brings into question the effectiveness of “mixed batteries” and tactical employment of the artillery in general. In this case, even in Major Poague’s own words, the howitzers were useless for the Confederate operations at Gettysburg. Now if the Federals had obliged and attacked on July 4…… who knows?
However, proving that even a blind squirrel can occasionally find an acorn, I was most pleased with the photo I managed for the Sachs Covered Bridge.