HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of July 13

Over forty new markers this week in the Civil War category.  These represent Civil War related sites in Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.  Here’s the high points:

– Fair Haven, Connecticut boasts a rather impressive black marble memorial to the 29th Connecticut (Colored) Infantry Regiment.   The regiment’s active service included action in the Bermuda Hundred and Petersburg Campaigns.

– Three markers indicate the location of Fort Reno, of the Washington, D.C. defenses.  The fort stood at the highest point in the District, and commanded the approaches through Tennelytown to Georgetown.   The fort saw action during the July 11, 1864 Confederate attack on Fort Stevens.

– In the town of Hiram, Georgia, the George Darby House served as Confederate General Patrick Cleburne’s headquarters on May 25, 1864, prior to the battles on the Dallas Line.  Later that year, in October 3-6, 1864, the Colley house served as General John B. Hood’s headquarters.

– Four new entries around Dallas, Georgia further support the interpretation of the battles on the Dallas Line.  One marker discusses the March of Hardee’s Corps (including Cleburne’s Division mentioned above) on May 23-25, 1864.  Another explains the Federal XX Corps assault on Hood’s Corps, May 25, 1864.  General J.E. Johnston maintained a headquarters at the Wigley House, just south of New Hope Church.  Finally another nearby marker details the withdrawal of Polk’s Corps toward Lost Mountain on June 4.

– An impressive memorial Delphi, Indiana honors the Civil War veterans from Carroll County.

– I’m always a sucker for cannon photos.  In Attica, Indiana, a 24-pdr Field Howitzer is mounted on a metal reproduction carriage, with a memorial inscription on the cheeks.

– A memorial to the 120th Ohio Volunteer Infantry in Mansfield, Ohio is supported by four 24-pdr Flank Howitzers.  Nearby the Richland County Soldiers Memorial features a soldier sporting an overcoat and handsome mustache.  While not directly a “Civil War” entry, also in Mansfield is an Ohio state marker detailing the life of John Sherman, politician and brother of General W.T. Sherman.

– Two 3-inch Ordnance Rifles in Marysville, Ohio were used to commemorate victory in the Spanish-American War.  The guns were named “Dewey” and “Sampson” to honor the Admrials made famous by the war.

– Another marker from Kansas City from the October 23, 1864 Battle of Westport tour.  This one is from stop 23, the Thomas Farmhouse.  As the battle closed, Federal leaders met at the farm to discuss options.  Cavalry under Pleasonton and Blunt continued the pursuit of Gen. Sterling Price’s Confederates, culminating in the battle of Mine Creek.

– On practically the opposite end of the Civil War, a marker in St. Albans, Vermont discusses the October 19, 1864 Confederate raid on the town (yes a rather busy October 1864 by markers this week!).

– From Petersburg, Virginia, the McKenney Library was desegregated in 1960, which was a pivitol event for the local Civil Rights movement.  Prior to use as a library, the building was the post war home of General William Mahone, known for his defense of the Crater during the siege of Petersburg.

– Naval constructor John Luke Porter, who’s life is briefly detailed on a marker in Portsmouth, Virginia, supervised the conversion of the USS Merimac into the CSS Virginia in 1862.

– The Monogalia County War Memorial in Morgantown, West Virginia honors Civil War, Spanish American War, and World War I veterans.

– A marker in Scary, West Virginia discusses a small action fought there on July 17, 1861.

– A brand new Civil War Trails marker at the Kennedy Farm, east of Sharpsburg, Maryland, details John Brown’s 1859 activities there, leading up to the raid on Harpers Ferry.

Other new markers in Hagerstown, Maryland discuss that city’s role in the Civil War, with emphasis on the July 1863 retreat from Gettysburg and the Confederate ransom of the town in 1864.  More of these to follow next week, and I promise a full trip report later.

– I mentioned the “new” Antietam markers in a post on Sunday.  Fourteen of those were added this week.

That’s it this week.  A pretty fair sampling with entries from Eastern, Western, and Trans-Mississippi theaters.


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