HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of September 21

A short list of 17 additions to the Civil War category at HMDB this week.  This weeks updates range from Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia.  Here’s the rundown:

– A marker in Montgomery, Alabama recreates a telegram sent from the Confederate Secretary of War to General Beauregard at Charleston, on April 11, 1861.  The telegram lead directly to the firing on Fort Sumter, and consequently the start of the Civil War.

– General Franz Segal enjoyed a twenty-five year long breakfast at the Eagle Hotel in Bentonville, Arkansas.  Well that’s implied from a marker there, which states the General was interrupted on March 6, 1862 by advancing Confederate troops. In 1887, the General returned and remarked he had arrived to finish the meal.

– A memorial in Prospect, Connecticut lists the veterans from the community who served in several wars, including a respectable number who served in the Civil War.

– Many of the Confederate wounded from fighting around Atlanta were treated in a hospital in Forsyth, Georgia.  The marker also indicates the location of a Confederate cemetery.

Savage Mill, in Howard County, Maryland, provided canvas for tents and field covers during the war.  The area around the mill was often used as a camping ground for Federal troops during the war.

– The G.A.R. Memorial in Pottstown, Pennsylvania features water fountains at its base.  The statue atop the monument is another “soldier at rest” pose.

– Thirty Jewish Confederate soldiers are buried in the Hebrew Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia. Nearby, at the Shockoe Hill Cemetery, lies Elizabeth Van Lew, a Union spy who operated in wartime Richmond.

– A marker near Moss Neck, Caroline County, Virginia recounts a minor engagement in December 1862.  According to the text, alert Confederates under General Jubal Early prevented a crossing downstream of Fredericksburg by Federal forces.  The Federals were force to cross at points closer to the city during the battle later in the month.

Eight entries for the Shiloh project this week.  All are in the area south of the Peach Orchard and near the Field Hospital site.

Beyond the Civil War markers this week, but interesting and somewhat on topic, are several from Idaho entered by Rebecca Maxwell.   Starting in the fall of 1862, a gold rush brought settlers to the area around Idaho City.  One marker puts the number of settlers at 6,275 (5,691 were men).  Another marker indicates many of these miners and prospectors were from the Southern states.  Interesting set of events – southerners moving to the far northwest to mine gold which likely went to fund the efforts to preserve the Union.

If it has not already, this would make an interesting research topic in terms of demographics.  Were these simply people who moved to get away from the war (in 1862)?   Were these perhaps southerners with Unionist leanings?   What economic class did the settlers come from?  Did they formerly own slaves?

And I wouldn’t be asking those questions today if not intrigued by some of those marker entries.