HMDB Updates – 22 September

This week, forty-nine markers related to the Civil War added to the system.  The state-by-state breakdown is a bit less exotic this week – Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.  Some of note:

– We have a nice set of markers covering the Battle of Resaca.  Unlike most states, even Virginia, the Georgia state marker program delves often into battlefield interpretation.  We’ve seen that around Atlanta, and in this example around Resaca.

– The home of John McIntosh Kell.  Kell served an interesting career both in the U.S. and C.S. Navy.  His Civil War service included command of the CSS Savannah and Richmond, which bookended his service on the cruisers CSS Alabama and Sumter.

– Those who follow the Confederate retreat from Gettysburg will note the inclusion of the Cunningham’s Crossroads Civil War Trail marker.  The marker details the advance to Gettysburg, but the wayside is mentioned in the tour included with One Continuous Fight.

Twenty-two of this week’s entries are from Gettysburg.  All along West Confederate Avenue, within and just south of McMillan Woods.  Another indicator I should start the grouping relations and flesh out a “Gettysburg Marker” page similar to that done for Antietam.

Abbeville, South Carolina can claim to be the birthplace of the Confederacy, since the first secession meeting was held there on November 22, 1860.

– I’ve always felt the Bermuda Hundred Campaign received far less attention than deserved.  It presented, in my opinion, the best hope for Grant to capture Richmond before the siege of Petersburg set in.  The campaign has received little attention from historians compared to the Overland Campaign, but at least the state of Virginia gives it a marker.

– Lastly, here’s a marker from Dillsburg, PA discussing General J.E.B. Stuart’s ride to Gettysburg.  Shame on J.E.B. for “vandalizing” the post office!  You just know the rebel cavalier netted at least a dozen Sears & Roebuck catalogs.

A final note, I am rather proud that Civil War Preservation Trust had linked content on HMDB on several of their preservation efforts pages.  The latest effort is focused on the ground fought over during the First Battle of Deep Bottom, July 28, 1864.  The level of detail offered within the new CWPT effort pages is, as I’ve mentioned before, impressive.  With maps, primary and secondary sources linked off a well layed out page, these preservation effort pages not only bring attention to the cause of saving the battlefield, but serve as an platform to enlighten.  I’m just honored that HMDB marker entries can be mentioned along side those resources.

Published by Craig Swain

"Historical marker hunter" and Civil War enthusiast.

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