HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of September 14

The HMDB Civil War category at grew by thirty this week.  Marker hunters were moderately busy this week.  Entries for Civil War related sites in Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.  Here’s the rundown:

– The train depot in Stevenson, Alabama saw a remarkable amount of activity.  The marker states after a skirmish, the Federals occupied the town and used the station as a depot.  A refugee camp stood nearby.

– Similarly, the Memphis & Charleston RR depot in Huntsville, Alabama was occupied in April 1862 and also used as a depot.

– The town of Cheshire, Connecticut offers several memorial displays.  An obelisk memorial features plaques with the names of those who served in the Civil War.    Most of the names are repeated on a memorial across the street along with veterans from other wars.  A short distance away in the Medal of Honor Plaza is a memorial mentioning Sergeant Eri D. Woodbury, member of the 1st Vermont Cavalry, who earned the Medal of Honor for actions at Cedar Creek, Virginia in October 1864.

– Wolcott, Connecticut features a memorial to the town’s Civil War soldiers, donated by Leverett Dwight Kenea, a citizen of the town and investor of note.

– Two more state markers in Atlanta, Georgia detail the movements of the 4th Army Corps into position around Peachtree Creek in July 1864.  One discusses the Corps movement past Buckhead on July 18-19, 1864.  Another indicates Stanley’s and Wood’s Division sectors on July 20-22.  Interpreting the other side of the line, another marker indicates the position held by Stevenson’s Division on July 18-22.  All more indications that your host needs to group these markers into a virtual tour of the Atlanta battlefields!

– A Confederate memorial in the middle of Jeff Davis County, Georgia features a bust of the Confederate President.  In addition the inscriptions indicate the units raised locally.  The memorial looks to be a late 20th century addition sponsored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

– The “Folly” in Columbus, Georgia is an octagonal house in the historic section of the town.  The Folly was built for Alfred Iverson, father of the Confederate General Alfred Iverson, Jr.

– In the far west, an interpretive wayside in Middleton, Idaho relates some details of the Ward Massacre (also see the nearby markers).  The text indicates as the Civil War began, protective garrisons around the Oregon Trail were retracted.  However, when gold was found nearby, Fort Boise was established for protection.  After all, that gold was needed to finance a war!

– An interpretive marker at West Point, New York relates details of a 150-pdr Armstrong gun captured from the Confederates at Fort Fisher, North Carolina.  I’ll likely cover that weapon in more detail in a separate post later.

– The Montgomery County, Ohio Civil War Memorial Hall features inscriptions listing the major actions local veterans served in.  Another memorial nearby lists the County’s Medal of Honor awards.

– A state marker in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania cites the birthplace of General John W. Geary.

Nine entries on the Shiloh project this week.  These entries stand along the Hamburg Road, south of the Peach Orchard and Wheat Field (yes Shiloh has some of those too!).  The set includes tablets from both the first and second day’s fighting, illustrating one challenge to interpreting the field.

– A marker in Bay City, Texas relates military activity along the Texas coast.  Federal attempts to occupy the port of Matagorda were unsuccessful, thwarted by geography and lack of supplies.  But the Confederates managed to score a victory capturing a ship of the blockade fleet on December 30, 1863.

– A state marker in Mechanicsville, Virginia indicates the grave of firebrand Edmund Ruffin.

That’s the rundown this week.  While my fellow marker hunters were busy, I had a “non-marker” week of sorts.  On Sunday I attended an event sponsored by the Brandy Station Foundation at Berry Hill Farm.  In addition to finally meeting Eric Whittenberg, and chatting a bit more with Bud Hall, I was introduced to Christopher Stowe.  Great event, great company and great setting!

Berry Hill Farm
Berry Hill Farm

Bud pointed out a portion of the entrance to the farm follows the old Fredericksburg Plank Road.

Trace of the Fredericksburg Plank Road
Trace of the Fredericksburg Plank Road

Imagine on June 9, 1863, a column of Federal cavalry rapidly moving down this road toward Brandy Station, on their way to a place called Fleetwood Hill.  Or later in the fall of that year, column after column of the Army of the Potomac passing as they marched into position around the Station.

Just another example why I love to get off the main roads and *see* these places.

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