HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of September 7

Thirty-one entries this week in the Civil War category.  These represent Civil War related sites in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

– The Scottsboro, Alabama Railroad Depot was an important stop on the railway artery through Northern Alabama.  In January 1864 two regiments of US Colored Troops defended the depot against Confederates under Brig. Gen. H.B. Lyon.  While I know scarcely little of the action, I do recall the town is connected to a Civil Rights incident some 70 years after the war, also involving the railroad.

– In Guntersville, Alabama, a marker notes a ravine used by the townspeople to shelter from a Federal bombardment of the town in July 1862.

– The original Pickens County Courthouse was burned by Federal troops in April 1865.  The second was also burned, apparently not completely,  in 1876.  Local lore has it the face of the person accused of starting the fire was imprinted in one of the windows, by lightning, as he watched a mob gathering outside.  The photos show something, but I leave it to the readers to make a call.

– A  Georgia state marker added this week  from Atlanta details the delayed movements of Federal General D.S. Stanley’s Division between the forks of Peachtree Creek, leading up to the battle there on July 20, 1864.  Chronologically speaking, this marker fits before state markers indicating the movement of the division and where it filled a gap in the Federal lines.

– I note the Montgomery County, Georgia Confederate memorial here mostly because of the quotations inscribed.  The main memorial was erected in 1997, and a tablet with 146 names added later.

– A plaque on the side of the Dearborn County Courthouse lists the six county residents awarded the Medal of Honor during the war.

– Another “silent sentinel” Civil War Memorial, this one from Fort Scott, Kansas.  The memorial was paid by public subscription and sponsored by the William H. Lytle G.A.R Post.  A 30-pdr Parrott rifle complements the statue.   And isn’t that the same soldier posing on the Maple Hill Cemetery Memorial in Kansas City, Kansas?

– No specific date is offered, but a marker near Monterey, Kentucky states steamboat Captain Samuel Sanders braved Confederate fire to supply the town during the war.

– A plaque in the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Maine indicates the house where Admiral David Farragut passed.

– Mentioned earlier this week, a memorial in Lothian, Maryland to Benjamin Welch Owens was HMDB’s 20,000 entry.  Owen’s service in the 1st Maryland (CS) Artillery is also detailed on a nearby Civil War Trails marker.  The text on both entries singles out Owen’s actions at Stephenson’s Depot outside Winchester, Virginia during the Gettysburg Campaign.

– Lexington County, South Carolina’s Confederate veterans are remembered by a memorial on the old County Courthouse grounds in Lexington.  Nearby a state marker indicates forces under General W. T. Sherman burned the St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church during the last year of the war.

– A marker on the grounds of Arlington Cemetery, in Virginia, discusses the occupation of Arlington House and the damage brought by the war.  Also at Arlington this week is an entry for the General Philip Kearney memorial, with the general striking a brave equestrian pose.

– A couple of John Wilkes Booth related markers this week from Caroline County, Virginia.  The assassin sought refuge in Port Royal after crossing the Potomac and was later killed at the Garret Farm two miles outside of town.

– The King George County, Virginia Confederate Memorial offers a simple passage – Imperishable as granite be their fame, Let history honour and record their deeds.

– Outside of Orange, Virginia is Oakley, the home of Judson Browning, officer of the Orange County Rangers (later part of the 6th Virginia Cavalry if I recall correctly), and also foil for the works of George W. Bagby.  However, the house is better known as the site of one of Virginia’s worse railroad disasters, occurring when a trestle gave way in 1888.  Among those killed were two Confederate veterans.  The injured included General James Longstreet.

Oak Grove, in Westmoreland County, Virginia, saw the passing of Presidents and later that of Federal Cavalry on a raid in May 1863.

– The first U.S. Navy officer killed in the Civil War was hit by fire from a Confederate battery at Mathias Point, near Dalhgren, Virginia, on June 27, 1861.  As the marker near that point indicates, the battery was built by Confederate General Daniel Ruggles, who is more famous for massing artillery on the first day of battle at Shiloh, in April of the following year.

– And working off that Shiloh lead in, eight additions to the list of markers, tablets, and monuments at the battlefield this week.  Entries this week are somewhat scattered about as I work through some of the side stops from my last visit.

In closing, I’d like to recognize all the marker contributors at HMDB who have helped to push the entry numbers over 20,000.  Three years ago when I started on the site, I had know idea how things would take off.  We have a lot of history on the site, but a lot more left out there in the field to catalong!