HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of August 31

Bit of an off week for the Civil War category at HMDB.  Only twenty-two entries added to the collection, representing sites in District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.  Here’s the rundown:

– Memorials in the District of Columbia to two Civil War generals added this week.  General Philip Sheridan was depicted rallying the troops in the pose on his memorial, likely recalling Cedar Creek.  General Winfield Scott‘s statue, on the other hand, poses that general calmly surveying the situation.

– Adding to last week’s “modern” Confederate memorial in Elberton, Georgia is an entry of an older memorial featuring a “silent Confederate soldier.”

– A marker in Palmetto, Georgia explains the activities of the Confederate Army of Tennessee after the Atlanta Campaign.  After abandoning the city on September 2, 1864, the army under General John B. Hood eventually fell back to Palmetto on September 19.  Confederate President Jefferson Davis visited on September 25-7.  Shortly afterward, the army marched north “to start the disastrous Tennessee campaign.”

– Idaho has Civil War markers?  Yes! Rebecca Maxwell submitted an entry this week from Notus, Idaho.  The marker discusses the settlement of “Dixie” and “Lower Boise” by mostly pro-Confederate refugees from the Missouri border wars.  The migration started in 1863, roughly coinciding with the issuance of Orders No. 11 in Missouri.

– The career of Michael C. Graber, a politician who served in the Civil War as a colonel, is detailed on a marker in Madison, Indiana.

– Also in Madison is a Civil War memorial, erected by Private George Middleton, formerly of Company E, 3rd Indiana Cavalry.  Middleton lived an interesting life, and after the war joined the circus, apparently doing well enough to afford provisioning the memorial!  His memoirs are linked on the entry and worth at least a cursory examination.  Next to the memorial is a shell fired at Vicksburg, Mississippi, during that city’s 1863 siege.

– The Old Stage Coach Stop, standing in downtown Waynesville, Missouri was used as a hospital by the Federals during the Civil War.

– Logan County, Ohio boasts five Medal of Honor awardees, three from the Civil War, as noted on a memorial in Bellefontaine, Ohio.  Nearby a state marker details the career of William Lawrence, Colonel of the 84th Ohio Volunteer Infantry and post-war a U.S. Congressman.

– Certainly a lot of symbolism with a memorial in Columbia, South Carolina to the South Carolina Women of the Confederacy.

– Also in Columbia, South Carolina, a marker indicates the entire student body of the University of South Carolina volunteered to serve the Confederacy in 1861. The campus served as a hospital during the war.  And during reconstruction, the marker indicates the university was under “Radical Control.”

– A state marker in King George County, Virginia notes a small skirmish fought by elements of General Kilpatrick’s Division on September 1, 1863 at Lamb’s Creek Church.

– Three of new markers at the Chancellorsville battlefield.  The Maury House Trail, a short walk from the park road to the site of Matthew F. Maury’s birthplace,  received updated interpretation earlier this year.  Another new marker interprets the fortifications along Slocum Drive, representing the Federal Center during the height of the fighting in the battle.

– Only six additions on the Shiloh project this week.  Most of these stand near Shiloh Church.  But one entry documents the rather lengthy text on the Kentucky Memorial, and notes some inaccuracies with the narrative.

3 thoughts on “HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of August 31

  1. Thanks for the mention! I guess this marker goes to show that the Civil War has had far reaching consequences in this country, even in Idaho. This marker is proof that history can be right in your backyard.

  2. Craig,

    The monument in Sheridan Circle is DEFINITELY supposed to portray Little Phil at Cedar Creek. That’s precisely what Borglun, the sculptor, said at the dedication of the monument.

    It’s twin can be found on Sheridan Road in Chicago.


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