HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of 20 April

A lean week, and an indicator that many “marker hunters” are out in the field and not in front of the computer.  Only 25 new entries this week, from D.C., Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.  However small in number, there are some of interest:

– Across the street from the John Ericsson Memorial in Washington, D.C. is an interpretive wayside relating a short biography and history of the memorial.  Ericsson is best known for the U.S.S. Monitor.

– I mentioned in a trip report the “find” of Antietam War Department tablet No. 115.  It discusses the movements of the Federal Second Corps on September 15-16, 1862.  Likely it was there all the time, just hiding behind a guard rail.

– A marker in Cleveland, Ohio indicates the site of Camp Cleveland.  The marker states that nearly 5% of all Ohio troops mustered passed through the camp.

– A group of three Civil War Trails and one Virginia state marker in downtown Franklin, Virginia orient visitors to the actions and operations around the town during the war.

– A Civil War Trails marker in Suffolk, Virginia provides details about the nearby Confederate memorial and the Siege of Suffolk (May 1863).  A nearby Trails marker points out “Riddick’s Folly,” a fine example of Greek revival architecture, served as Union Major General James Peck’s headquarters during the siege.  When the occupants returned, the marker relates, only a single chair remained… damn Yankees!

– Another Civil War Trails marker in Courtland, Virginia stands in front of Mahone’s Tavern.  A young William Mahone, later Confederate Major General, lived his teen years here.  He claimed gambling winnings from gaming at the tavern helped him through Virginia Military Institute.

– A local marker and yet another Civil War Trails marker indicate the site of Thomaston, the home of Union General George H. Thomas.

– My Gettysburg project has wound down to a few entries left to complete.  Only thirteen added this week.  These additions include some monuments in the downtown area and several of the Main Street Gettysburg markers.  I’ve also included a few “missing” markers where the marker stand was visible, to allow accurate location details.  The park is cleaning up the old War Department tablets, and hopefully in a return trip I’ll have photos of the shiny, restored tablets.  I am concerned, since it stands in an out of the way location, about the Salem Virginia Artillery tablet.  The stand appeared disturbed, but without any other information I can only ask if it was vandalized.

Short working week at the Civil War category this go round.  Look for more western theater markers from my vacation next week.

Published by Craig Swain

"Historical marker hunter" and Civil War enthusiast.

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