HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of October 19

Just twenty-seven additions this week to the Civil War category.  The entries cover Civil War related sites in Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, and West Virginia.

– Riverside Cemetery in Waterbury, Connecticut boasts a memorial to the unknown dead in the war.  Nearby is a memorial to John L. Chatfield, Colonel of the 6th Connecticut.  Chatfield was mortally wounded leading the men at Fort Wagner, South Carolina.

– A marker along a lonely section of Georgia highway marks the site of the Battle of King’s Tanyard, a closing action in Stoneman’s 1864 Raid in Georgia.  The battle was fought on the last day of July of that year.

– The Judge Asa Holt house in Macon, Georgia is more famously known as the Cannonball House.  The day before Stoneman’s defeat mentioned above, his artillery shelled Macon, inflicting damage on the Holt House.  The house is today a museum.

– A marker for the New Lowell Methodist Church near Georgetown, Georgia states the church was burned during the Civil War, but does not attribute the destruction to either side.  The church was not rebuilt until 1900.

Four markers entered this week add to those connected to the Battle of Peachtree Creek during the Atlanta Campaign.

– Former Confederate General James Longstreet operated the Piedmont Hotel in Gainesville, Georgia for about twenty years.  A marker in front of the hotel lists notable visitors during that time, and Longstreet’s political activity.

– The White House Tract of Augusta, Georgia was allocated to trading company during colonial times.  During the Revolutionary War, it was the site of fighting when rebel militia laid siege to Augusta.  During the Civil War a canal through the tract brought water to power the Confederate powder mill and other works in the industrial section next to the river.

– A marker near Dalton, Georgia notes two attempts by Federals to seize Dug Gap – February 28 and May 8, 1864 – in Rocky Face Ridge.

– Washington, Indiana boasts a rather impressive Civil War memorial to the Daviess County veterans.  Equally impressive is the Knox County memorial in Vincennes, Indiana which is guarded by a couple of 24-pdr Field Howitzers.

– A memorial stone in Edgewood Cemetery, Pottstown, Pennsylvania stands next to the grave of Annie Wittenmyer, who worked with different relief organizations and sanitary commissions.

– I am still tracking down what battle scene is depicted on the Perry County Civil War memorial in New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania.  It appears to be a cavalry and infantry action.  The memorial also features statues depicting a Union soldier and a sailor.

– A state marker in Charleston, South Carolina mentions several notable laid to rest in Magnolia Cemetery to include the first crew of the C.S.S. Hunley.   A memorial stone in the cemetery lists the crew members by name.

– Two Confederate memorials from South Carolina this week – one in Camden for Kershaw County and one in Clinton for Laurens County.  These follow the rule that Confederate memorials are less ornate than the Union counterparts in the north.

– However, the veterans memorial in Wilmington, Vermont does not follow that rule.  Instead it honors the veterans by name as “Heroes of the Civil War” on a plaque listing the veterans from different wars.  Adjacent to the memorial is a statue of a Civil War soldier.

– This week marking the 150th Anniversary of the John Brown Raid on Harpers Ferry, it is fitting to enter the latest park service wayside interpreting the event – John Brown’s Last Stand.  Another marker added this week to the Harpers Ferry collection is an interpretive panel on the recently added Schoolhouse Ridge section of the park, noting actions during the September 1862 battle.

– A state marker along the scenic Highway 55 in West Virginia notes the location of the ancient Seneca Trail.  Generals Imboden and Jones used the trail returning from their May 1863 raid, bringing horses and cattle.

– A marker in Beverly, West Virginia mentions Rich Mountain and the battle that took place west of town on July 11, 1861.  Another marker in town mentions the home of Confederate General Thomas J. Jackson’s sister, Laura Jackson Arnold.  Laura sided with the Union, while her brother and her husband Jonathan sided with the Confederates.  The marker relates “Their wartime differences led to a scandalous divorce.”   Now that’s interesting….

A short number this week.  Next week I should have more entries from the Rich Mountain Battlefield and Beverly.  And other marker hunters no doubt will contribute entries from other sites around the country.

Published by Craig Swain

"Historical marker hunter" and Civil War enthusiast.

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