HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of December 21

A light week with only twenty-one entries in the Civil War category, from sites in Alabama, Georgia, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

– Two markers from Ohatchee, Alabama discuss details of a June 14, 1864 raid by Federals.  Confederates under General James Clanton confronted Federal raiders, under Major General Lovell H. Rousseau (misspelled on the marker),  moving towards Montgomery.   After crossing at Ten Islands Ford, a detachment from the main Federal force destroyed the nearby Janney Furnace.

– Yet another Georgia state marker discussing Stoneman’s July 1864 Raid.  An entry this week highlights the movements through Jones County.

– Adding to an entry from last week discussing the main Confederate hospital in Barnesville, Georgia, an entry this week lists the other hospitals in the city.

– A marker in Forsyth, Georgia details the activities of the Georgia Militia on November 15-16, 1864, attempting to delay the Federals in the opening stages of the March to the Sea.

– A trio of Civil War related markers from Washington, Georgia this week.  Perhaps the town’s most famous resident was Robert Toombs, Senator, Confederate Secretary of State, and later Brigadier General.   John Archibald Campbell, the Confederate Assistant Secretary of War, lived in Washington before the war.  Jefferson Davis passed through Washington on May 4, 1865 in his attempt to escape the Federals at the end of the war.

– The 143rd New York mustered at Camp Holley, near Monticello, New York.  The regiment initially served in the defenses around Washington, but later transferred to the Western Theater and participated in the Atlanta Campaign, March to the Sea, and the Carolinas Campaigns.

– Polson Cemetery near Dodge, Oklahoma features a memorial to Stand Watie, Cherokee and Confederate Brigadier General.

– A marker in Nashville, Tennessee notes the location of Peach Orchard Hill, where General S.D. Lee’s Confederates held against Federal assaults on December 16, 1864, during the Battle of Nashville.  Today the site is a residential neighborhood.

– Three Civil War related markers from Austin, Texas this week.  The state capitol saw a flurry of activity after the secession convention in 1861.  Munitions and other industries sprang up during the war, but an influx of visitors and refugees also brought disease.  Many of the state’s legislators actually camped outside of town, unable to afford hotel rates!  One city resident, Major William M. Walton, served with the 21st Texas Cavalry and later became a noted criminal defense attorney.  But another marker in Austin notes the service of many Texans in the Union Army, notably the 1st Texas Volunteer Cavalry, but also the many “galvanized Yankees.”

– Two new markers added to our Battle of Fredericksburg set.  One is an overview marker at the visitor center.  The other, near the Inns House, describes the limited cover provided to the Federals advancing toward Marye’s Heights.

– A plaque on the Leeds Episcopal Church in Markham, Virgina notes the Confederate officers who worshiped there.  Among those noted is General Turner Ashby.

– The Bethlehem Baptist Church in Henrico, Virginia served as an aid station during the war.  The original structure burned after the war and was rebuilt in the 1870s.  Another marker near Richmond notes Skipwith Academy, formed by Grey Skipwith, a former Confederate midshipman, was founded on a Civil War era parade ground.

– A memorial in Gordonsville, Virginia honors those Federal and Confederate who died passing through the important receiving hospital centered around the Exchange Hotel.

– Somewhat belatedly, I entered the marker for the McLaws Trail at Chancellorsville this week.  The entry features photos at each tour stop along the trail.

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