HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of 29 June

Well only nineteen new Civil War related markers this week.  These represent Civil War related sites in Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.  Not bad for a summer week’s batch of entries.  Here’s the rundown:

– Three markers in Polk County, Georgia relate the passage of the Federals during the Atlanta Campaign, May 23-25, 1863.   This was Sherman’s move to the right past Cassville toward the Dallas Line  – Davis & Dodge at Peek’s CreekLogan at Swaintown, and McPherson’s March to Dallas.  Another marker, further south near Dallas in Paulding County discusses the 20th Corps Detour to New Hope Church on May 25, 1863.

– On the other side of the 1864 campaigning season in the Peach state is discussed on a marker in Social Circle, Walton County, Georgia. The 14th and 20th Corps passed through in the middle of November during the March to the Sea.

– A couple of entries this week highlight the history of Fort Scott, Kansas.  Once used as a frontier post, it was abandoned in the decade before the war.  However during the war, the U.S. Army reoccupied the fort for use as a headquarters and supply depot.

– Another marker of note from the great cavalry battle of Mine Creek, Kansas this week.

– Continuing with what must be “border war” week at HMDB, a marker in Harrisonville, Missouri discusses the “Burnt District” and actions around General Order No. 11.  Notice the monument in place at the site, an entry in the queue for next week.  Cass County, like many counties in Missouri, witnessed some of the most bitter partisan fighting of the war.

– Two entries this week indicate the route of Stoneman’s raiders in March-April 1865 through North Carolina.  One is in Morganton.  The other stands in Boone.

– A War Department tablet on Lookout Mountain discussing the activities of Garrity’s Alabama Battery in the battle of Chattanooga, features a view of the city and the Tennessee River.

– A wayside marker at Amelia County Courthouse, Virginia offers the story of Mrs. Samatha Jane Neil.   She came south in 1865 searching for the remains of her husband.  Instead of finding him, she found a life-long calling to educate the former slaves in the county.

– Three “Southside” Virginia Confederate soldiers memorials this week – Brunswick County, Lunenburg County, and Nottoway County.

– Great photos of the fortification, bridge, and old railroad bed supporting a marker stone for the Battle of Staunton River Bridge, near Randolph, Virginia.

– In Northern Virginia, the Hunter Mill Defense League sponsored a new Civil War Trails marker near Vienna, Virginia.  The marker, along the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Trail, and near the banks of Difficult Run, mentions the March 1862 campsite of the Pennsylvania Reserves.  Great effort by the preservationists to interpret the surroundings.

Just a reminder that this week is “Gettysburg Week” over at The Order of the Civil War Obsessively Compulsed.   If you look at the list of those offering their favorites, you’ll see an impressive list of bloggers.  Somehow, Brett allowed me to slip in amongst them and offer my favorites, scheduled for the afternoon of July 2.   There is certainly a wide range of interests represented on the list of authoring bloggers.  I’d expect to see very little overlap between the book lists.  So stay tuned, and follow them as they publish!

In line with “Gettysburg Week,” my closing photos today include the Wisler House on the Cashtown Pike:

First Shot of Gettysburg
First Shot of Gettysburg

One hundred and forty-six years ago tomorrow, Captain Marcellus Jones fired his carbine into the early morning, which commenced the Battle of Gettysburg.

A short time later, this 3-inch Ordnance Rifle was the first Federal cannon to fire in the battle.

No. 233 of Calef's Battery
No. 233 of Calef's Battery

Just a few “Parthian shots” in this post looking at the first shots of Gettysburg.


One thought on “HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of 29 June

  1. Hello,

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