HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of 19 January

Another 100 plus week for the Civil War category.  The number this week is 105, spread across   seven states – Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York.   (Only two of which you can see from Rock City, by the way.)  Here are the highlights:

– In late 1861, New River County, Florida was changed to Bradford County in honor of Captain Richard C. Bradford.  Bradford was the first Confederate officer from Florida to die in the war.  He fell in October that year in fighting around Fort Pickens, Pensacola, Florida.

– Several interesting entries from Georgia this week.  A simple bronze plaque for the McKelvey House in Cassville, Georgia begs for more background.  Most of the historical facts are related on a nearby state marker, but the plaque is several feet off the road-way in the underbrush, on private property.  Perhaps the plaque was an effort by the Patriots of Bartow to denote the location for future generations when the house was removed.

– Helping with my quest for Happel Panels  from Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania, one of our contributors also retrieved photos of an old marker from Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia.  Certainly a “vintage” marker dating to the 1950s.  However several other contributors have indicated the marker was replaced in recent years. 

– Another Georgia marker caused me a bit of a fuss.  In Habersham County, a marker states the Habersham Iron Works made cannon for the Confederacy, and that some of those guns are on display at the Chickamauga battlefield.  Thinking it would make a good topic photo addition, I scanned through my field notes and secondary sources for Habersham guns.  Evidence seems to be lacking.  I’m at a loss.  Not wanting to call the marker wrong without my ducks in a row, I’ll just say I’m skeptical.

– There is more supporting evidence for the Confederate Gun Shop in Robinson, Georgia, which armed the Taliaferro County Stephen Home Guard (Company D, 15th Georgia Infantry).

– The lone Civil War marker this week from New York relates that newly raised regiments marched off to war from the Clarksville Inn, West Nyack, New York.

– From Pocotaligo, South Carolina, a marker points out a section of earthworks from the Frampton Line used to defend the nearby Charleston and Savannah Railroad.  The works were built under the direction of Robert E. Lee early in the war.

– Another South Carolina marker, from Kelton, in Union County, indicates the landing site of Professor Thaddeus Lowes’ balloon.  The episode was the feature of a Washington Times article last fall.  Instead of recounting all the details here, lets just say Lowe dropped into South Carolina to a hostile reception in April 1861.

– For the Gettysburg project this week, fifty-eight additions.  These entries complete the first day battlefield from Reynolds Avenue to the Peace Memorial.  Later this week I’ll add the geographic groupings to the Gettysburg page.

– Anyone who has ventured around Northern Virginia knows space comes at a premium and many historic sites (Civil War and other) have been lost to development.  However, one of our seasoned “marker hunters” at HMDB has a knack for locating traces of Civil War fortifications in the area.  This week we have some views of fortifications built around Centreville during the stalemate after First Manassas.   If only we could plant a few Quaker guns….

– Lastly, we have a set of over fifty entries this week covering Pamplin Park, Petersburg, Virginia.  So while the park is on a limited schedule, at least one can browse the on site interpretation, in the on-line mode.  Not as fun as a battlefield walk, but enough to wet the palate.

Looking forward to next week for marker entries, I see my editor’s queue already has several interesting markers awaiting review.  Hopefully another 100 plus entries next week!