HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of 4 May

An “off” week this turn.  The quantity of markers entered is generally inversely proportional to the level of precipitation.   Of course, the quality of entries in weeks following a “good weather” weekend, in terms of photos, improves. Another factor is my personal entries.  Normally I’ll post between 25 and 30 a week.  But I’ve had some vicious headaches this last week, and just haven’t felt good enough to sit down at the computer for long periods in the evening.

At any rate twenty-nine new entries this week, from District of Columbia, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.  Here’s this weeks new entries:

– Several markers from counties in western Kentucky sites.  The Columbus-Belmont State Park was closed when I visited in March.  A few markers are in the database now, but you’ll have to refer to Nick’s posts for a good tour of the site.

– Another site in that part of the Bluegrass State is Fort Jefferson.  Several markers place the site in context of the Revolutionary War, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and the Civil War.

– Between these two Kentucky sites, a state marker mentions an obscure demonstration made by the Federals in January 1862.

– Just west of Hickman, Kentucky a marker standing near the Cacey Jones monument relates details of Confederate encampments and a skirmish fought in the area in March 1862.

– Two impressive monuments from Warren County, New York.  The Civil War Monument in the center of Glen Falls lists the names and units of soldiers from the area who served and died in the war.  In Queensbury is a beautifully sculpted statue placed in memory of the sacrifice of all veterans.

– Our only North Carolina entry this week is a Confederate Soldiers Memorial from Gaston County.  In contrast to the 19th century New York memorials above, the Gaston County memorial was erected in 2003.    There are some points that can be made from that time gap.

– A tangent off the Kentucky markers above is a memorial in Lexington, Massachusetts to all US Navy ships named Lexington.  The third ship to bear that name was the river gunboat Lexington was engaged at Belmont and other battles on the Mississippi, Tennessee, and Cumberland Rivers.

– Shifting to Pennsylvania, Robert Moore is responsible for this week’s entries.  I’ll start with an memorial in the Middle Spring United Methodist Church, near Shippensburg, which commemorates Union soldiers from the congregation (or town?) who died during the war.

– Four new entries in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania discuss Civil War related events in the town.  Most important were  John Brown and Frederick Douglass meeting in 1859 and the burning of the town in 1864.  Parts of two raids, separated by five years, yet book-ends of sorts for the war.

– Robert also added three entries from Mercersburg.  The Steiger House served as JEB Stuart’s headquarters on the first Chambersburg Raid of 1862.  During the Gettysburg Campaign, Confederate soldiers were ambushed by Union stragglers as they passed through.

– Near Charles City, Virginia, a marker at Piney Grove discusses the deprivations of the “home front” during the war in Virginia.

Markers at Gloucester Point, Virginia discuss the fortifications used during the Civil War at Tyndall Point.  A breech from a Parrott Rifle sits near the earthworks.  The location was also fortified as part of the Yorktown Campaign during the Revolutionary War.

– In Varina, Virginia, two new entries add to the markers relating to the 16 August 1864 battle of Deep Bottom.  A state marker details the involvement of the 39th Illinois, who’s ranks included Medal of Honor recipient Henry M. Hardenbergh.  Another state marker relates the death of Confederate Gen. John Chambliss.  Recognized by West Point classmate Gen. John M. Gregg, the body was sent through the lines to Chambliss’ family.

– From Smithfield, Virginia, new entries discuss the nearby Confederate fortifications.  Fort Huger was built by enslaved and free blacks in June 1862, at the site of a colonial era settlement dating to 1619.  Another new marker this week adds to the interpretation of nearby Fort Boykin.

– I added the three Civil War related memorials standing in front of the US Capitol – The Navy Memorial (often called the Peace Memorial), James A. Garfield, and of course U.S. Grant.

Not a Civil War entry, but interesting and in a way related, is a California marker indicating the site of the Broderick-Terry Duel from September 1859.  Both men were Democrats, with Broderick a staunch Unionist often arguing with Terry who held pro-southern sympathies.  The disputes led to a duel in which Broderick was mortally wounded.  Photos of the site show marker stones indicating the place where each man stood.  Read the commentary at the bottom of the entry for more background information about the incident and the aftermath.