HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of January 25

A crop of thirty-seven new entries to the Civil War category at HMDB this week.  Our coverage spans the states of Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia.  Here’s this weeks’ entries:

– After service in the Confederate Army, Mortimer H. Jordon opted to study medicine, becoming a doctor of note.  The Jordon home in Birmingham, Alabama is today a restored example of the neo-classical architectural style.

– Nearby, a state marker notes the history of the city of Mountain Brook.  The area thrived in 1863 with increased production at an iron furnace nearby.  Federals destroyed the furnace during the war.  However, iron production continued at the facility after the war.

– A state marker cites the Battle at Picacho in Arizona, on April 15, 1862, as the “westernmost battle of the Civil War.”  A detachment of ten Confederates held off the attacks of thirteen Federals from the 1st California Cavalry.   The Confederate stand held up a brigade sized Federal column then advancing into the territory.

– The Soldier’s Memorial in Bethel, Connecticut lists the names of fourteen members of the community who died in service during the war.

– A new NPS wayside in Washington, D.C. relates details of General U.S. Grant’s life and about the monument standing in front of the U.S. Capitol.

– According to legend related on a state marker in Apalachicola, Florida, at the start of the Civil War, the women met in the Raney House to sew a flag for the local Confederate troops.  At the end of the war, the county’s troops mustered out at the house.

– Several entries, mostly memorials, from Michigan this week.  A memorial in Lansing, Michigan commemorates the First Michigan Sharpshooters.  A G.A.R. Memorial stands in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Milford, Michigan.   The Pontiac, Michigan war memorial features a bronze soldier at rest.  The Forest Hill Cemetery in Ann Arbor features a memorial to the county’s war veterans.  The Oak Grove Cemetery war memorial in Chelsea stands between two 30-pdr Parrott Rifles.  But two fake cannon guard the River Rouge war memorial.

– Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan has memorials to Generals Alpheus Williams and Orlando Poe to complement the G.A.R. Memorial.  In downtown Detroit stands the impressive Soldiers and Sailors Memorial.

– Another entry in the tour of the Battle of Westport, in Kansas City, Missouri this week.  Stop thirteen notes the last stand of Shelby’s famous “Iron Brigade.”

– A memorial in Piqua, Ohio relates the battle honors of the 94th and 110th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  The regiments mustered in the field near the memorial in 1862 but served in opposite theaters through the war.

– Lt. James Washington Moore, of the Hampton Legion and 2nd South Carolina Cavalry maintained a house in Hampton, South Carolina.  After the war he served in the state legislature, and eventually rose to the rank of Major General in the state militia.

– More entries from Austin, Texas this week.  State markers relate activities of the wartime state legislature and newspapers.  Another of the state’s granite memorials notes the service of General William Steele, a New Yorker who resigned from the U.S. Army to join the 7th Texas Cavalry.  Steele later commanded cavalry in the Red River Campaign.

– A state marker in McKenney, Virginia notes the birthplace of Roger Atkinson Pryor, Confederate congressman and Brigadier General.

– After working through the Winchester National Cemetery memorials, this week I added those from the Stonewall Confederate Cemetery, Winchester, Virginia.

– A wayside marker in Vienna, Virginia notes the location of the first military action involving a train, fought in June 1861, along the Alexandria, Loudoun & Hampshire (later Washington & Old Dominion) Railroad.


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