Around a hundred entries and updates again this week. Represented are Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Indiana, Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Here are a few of the highlights:
– In Warsaw, Indiana, the Kosciusko County Civil War Memorial features a replica of a cannon. The original gun was scrapped during the World War II scrap drives.
– Fort Caswell on the coast of North Carolina was a third series masonary fortification defending the Cape Fear River. The Confederates used the fort during the war, and abandoned it in 1865. Well after the war the Army renovated the facilities, adding then-modern disappearing guns. Today the fort serves as a youth camp.
– Further down the coast in Georgetown, South Carolina stands a marker honoring Confederate General Aurthur Manigault. Manigault died due to lingering complications from a wound suffered at Franklin, Tennessee on November 30, 1864. So would you consider that a seventh Confederate General killed or mortally wounded during the battle? Well technically….
– The single West Virginia marker this week details a hospital used by Union forces in Wheeling.
– Among a large number of Virginia markers this week were several from the Cold Harbor Battlefield Park. We related these into a virtual tour showing the markers along the walking trail.
– The Green County Civil War Memorial in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania is yet another impressive example of out-door sculpture memorializing the war’s veterans, rivaling those memorials placed on the battlefields.
– Speaking of the battlefield, my numbers were a bit down this week for Gettysburg at 31. Those entered continiued the march down Cemetery Ridge. With a good effort, I should complete the ridge this week and move on to other locations.
Lastly, let me mention a marker from Benicia, California, discussing the Benicia Arsenal. The army built the post in 1849, with Capt. Charles P. Stone, future Federal General and Ball’s Bluff scapegoat, in charge. If you scroll down to photo number five of the set, you’ll notice the guard house. Of the many men who spent some time in the guardhouse was an army officer serving punishment for a small offense. The Lieutenant “cleaned up” a bit and later became General of the Army and President – U.S. Grant.