HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of 11 May

The number of markers are up to what I expect for spring time.  Not the 100 plus entries back in winter (when of course I was churning out 40 markers a week for Gettysburg), but a respectable forty-four new entries.  This weeks entries are heavily weighted toward Virginia, but other additions hail from Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio,  Texas and West Virginia.  Here’s some of the highlights:

– Three more markers added to those around Jonesboro, Georgia detailing the action fought in the closing stages of the Atlanta Campaign.   One of the new markers discusses Heritage Place, used as the basis for portions of “Gone with the Wind.”

– Another Georgia marker, south of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport, marks the site of the Marcus Long house, a place-mark in the movements of 4th and 23rd Corps toward the railroads south of the city.  The objective of this maneuver was the lines near Rough and Ready, indicated by a marker entered a few weeks ago.

– Four markers add to the collection of those around southwest Atlanta pertaining to Utoy Church.

– A marker in Leasburg, North Carolina indicates the birth place of Jacob Thompson, Confederate Secretary of the Interior, and later an organizer of several secret Confederate operations in Canada.

– A marker near Yanceyville, North Carolina for Bedford Brown is our “Southern Unionist” marker of the week.  Well since he eventually voted for secession, maybe “quasi-Unionist”?

– Another North Carolina marker near Madison indicates the location of the Searcy and Moore gun factory.  After 100 arms were produced, the equipment was acquired and sent to the Florence Armory.

– The oil field town of Robert Lee, Texas was named of course in honor of Robert E. Lee.  In the city cemetery are the graves of 34 Civil War veterans, including Henry Davis Pearce.  According to the marker Pearce wrote about his and other Confederates’ service.  I’ve traced his name to a few items in the Confederate Veteran.

– Moving to Virginia, eight markers entered this week relate to the Wilson-Kautz Raid of 1864.  One of which is a Reams Station marker that I somehow missed last fall.  Thanks Bernie!

– Six markers from Tinsdale Park in Gloucester Point  explain the importance of the point, not only to the Civil War, but in Tidewater Virginia history overall.

– Six added markers around Emporia, Virginia relate Federal efforts to close the Weldon Railroad, including the Hicksford Raid of December 1864.  Another marker in Emporia indicates the the location of the grave of Confederate cavalier General John R. Chambliss.

– And lastly from Virginia, nine new additions to the growing list of cataloged markers for Lee’s Retreat to Appomattox.

– Currently I am working through some long neglected trip photos from Harpers Ferry.  The new entries in “lower town” include St. John’s Episcopal Church, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, and the Cotton Mill.  St. John’s Church and the Cotton Mill both served as hospitals during the war, and are unfortunately no longer standing.  St. Peter’s is of course still a dominant feature in the town, having been “neutral” during the war.

Closing this week, I have a photo of a “soon to be” Civil War Trails site along the Lee Highway (wartime Warrenton Pike and today US 15/29) near Buckland Mills.  I don’t know the topic the marker will cover, but it is close to some of the sites related to the October 1863 “Buckland Races”.

New Civil War Trails Site
New Civil War Trails Site

A reminder that there is no such thing as “finished” when it comes to Marker Hunting, with new examples placed every month.  As we approach the Suquecentenial, at least here in Virginia, more interpretation will add to the visitor’s experience.  And of course… more reasons for the Marker Hunters to press on with their hobby!