HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of 23 February

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:

Seven markers from Atlanta, Georgia discuss the Battle of Peachtree Creek.

– 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.

– In the Valley, thanks to Cenantua, we now have a virtual tour of the Cross Keys Battlefield by way of markers.

– 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.


3 thoughts on “HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of 23 February

  1. Fort Caswell is on Oak Island. We vacation in that area pretty much annually, and I know it well.

    Not only is Fort Caswell now a youth camp, it’s a church youth camp, and they generally do NOT allow visitors to enter and see what’s left of the masonry fort, and there are still ramparts left. It’s too bad.


  2. Eric,

    I visited the site about ten years ago, and access rules were much more relaxed. I have several 35mm photos of both the old masonry fort and the disappearing gun battery (which supported 12-inch guns).

    Our publisher was actually the user who posted the entry, as well as another closer to the fort. According to his note, the camp offers visitors a day pass for a nominal fee. But I don’t see that documented on their web site.

    At any rate, the works have some degree of protection.


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