Only thirty new entries for the Civil War Category at the Historical Marker Database this week. These are from Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
– A marker in Madison, Alabama notes a successful Federal saber charge which routed a Confederate force on December 23, 1864 at nearby Indian Creek Ford.
– Markers on the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa allude to damage done when the Federals swept through in 1865. Comer Hall is named for Braxton Bragg Comer, who as a cadet at the school witnessed the burning. Comer later became governor of Alabama. Former Confederate Brigadier General John T. Morgan worked, as a U.S. Congressman, to obtain reparations for the destruction. Morgan Hall is named for him. Woods Hall, patterned after structures at the Virginia Military Institute, was rebuilt after the war using scrap from the destroyed buildings.
– A memorial in New Preston, Connecticut lists the community’s veterans buried in the town’s cemetery.
– The Westville Soldier’s Memorial in New Haven, Connecticut lists the men who enlisted at that location to serve in the Civil War.
– Two state markers around Atlanta, Georgia notes a detour made by the Federal Fifteenth Corps, stopping at Henderson Mill on July 18, 1864 while moving from Roswell to Decatur. Other markers from Atlanta this week note the line occupied by Scott’s Brigade of Loring’s Confederate Division during the Battle of Peachtree Creek.
– A plaque in Decatur, Georgia discusses a cavalry skirmish fought on July 22, 1864 in the Decatur Cemetery.
– Rose Cottage, in Corinth, Mississippi, was General A.S. Johnston’s headquarters prior to the advance to fight at Pittsburg Landing in April 1862. Another stop in Corinth for the Civil War Discovery Trail discusses Batteries Robinett and Williams. These were part of the Federal defensive lines during the Battle of Corinth, October 1862.
– A memorial in Graham, North Carolina lists the Alamance County men who died in service during our nation’s wars, including a sizable number of those from the Civil War.
– A marker near Castle Hayne, North Carolina notes the location of a large prisoner exchange held in the closing weeks of the war.
– A memorial in Findlay, Ohio notes the five Medals of Honor awarded to residents of Hancock County for Civil War service. Three of those mentioned participated in the “Great Locomotive Chase.”
– A 42-pdr Seacoast Gun tops the Ada, Ohio Civil War Memorial. Originally cast as a smoothbore by Tredegar Foundry in 1859, the gun was banded and rifled during the war.
– Finally got around to cataloging the War Department tablet for Robertson’s Cavalry Brigade in Orrtanna, Pennsylvania. The brigade arrived too late to directly affect the battle of Gettysburg, but saw action covering the Confederate retreat.
– Wassamassaw, South Carolina contributed the “Wassamassaw Cavalry” who became Company D, 2nd South Carolina Cavalry.
– A state marker notes the location of General Sherman’s headquarters during his eventful stay in Columbia, South Carolina.
– A Civil War Trails marker adds more information about the delaying action fought outside Columbia, Tennessee on November 24, 1864 by Federal cavalry, parrying that of General N.B. Forrest at the van of General Hood’s 1864 Tennessee Campaign. A state marker mentions Hood’s maneuvers to cut off General Schofield between Columbia and Spring Hill as that campaign took shape.
– A center in Texas’ cotton country before the Civil War, Walker County was originally named for Senator Robert J. Walker. But as a marker in Huntsville, Texas notes, when Senator Walker declined support for secession, the county was renamed in honor of Texas Ranger Samuel H. Walker.
– A state marker in Jarrell, Texas notes the service of Daniel Harrison spanning from Texas Independence to the Civil War.
– A state marker in Hampton, Virginia describes the June 10, 1861 battle of Big Bethel, noted as the first battle in Virginia. Nearby a memorial honors Henry Lawson Wyatt, a private from the 1st North Carolina Infantry with the distinction of being the first Confederate killed in the battle.
– I am adding new markers for the Malvern Hill battlefield and tweaking those already in the database to improve the location data. This week’s additions include the welcome kiosk marker and a “small brown” marker noting failed Confederate infantry advances.