HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of April 12

A total of twenty-eight additions to the Civil War category at the Historical Marker Database this week.  Entries from Alabama, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

– Appropriately a marker in the locality of Wheeler, Alabama notes the location of Confederate General Joseph Wheeler’s home.

– A marker outside Tanner, Alabama briefly discusses a raid by Confederate General N.B. Forrest in September 1864.

– On the campus of University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, a marker notes the institution’s history.  During the Civil War cadets trained for service in the Confederate Army until the campus was burned in April 1864 by Federal cavalry.

– A G.A.R. memorial in Chico, California honors the area’s Union veterans.

– On the other side of the country, in Norfolk, Connecticut, a memorial lists the names of the communities war dead.

– Two additions to the downtown Washington, D.C. heritage trail this week.  One marker on Pennsylvania Avenue notes General Hooker’s attempts to concentrates the city’s prostitution activities in that district.  On G Street, the Church of the Epiphany hosted many notable Southern leaders before the war.  During the war, President Lincoln and Secretary of War Stanton, among other Union leaders, attended the church.

– Two markers on Fort McNair in D.C.  One discusses an explosion at the Washington Arsenal on June 17, 1864 which claimed the lives of twenty-one women workers.  The other marker indicates the site of the trial and execution of the Lincoln conspirators.

– On the grounds of Walter Reed Army Hospital, a plaque notes the site of a tree used by Confederate signal troops and sharpshooters during the attack on Fort Stevens in July 1864.

– A state marker in Marietta, Georgia adds to our collection of markers recording the Battle of Kolb’s Farm, June 22, 1864.

– Three more entries, from around Mableton, Georgia, this week discuss the movement of Sherman’s forces against Johnston’s River line north of Atlanta at the Chattahoochie River in July 1864.  From north to south, Schofield’s Twenty-Third Corps made demonstrations to distract the Confederates, before moving east on July 7 toward Soap Creek in the flanking movement around the formidable River Line.   The Mitchell house stood at a key intersection, occupied by the Army of the Tennessee (US).  The Fifteenth and Seventeenth Corps, of that Army of the Tennessee, held a position facing the Confederate line on July 5-9, while demonstrations made by the Sixteenth Corps also held the Rebels in position.

– Further northeast of Mableton is another new entry this week in Smyrna, Georgia, also related to Sherman’s maneuvers against the River Line.  During the Battle of Ruff’s Mill, General John B. Hood directed his corps from the Alexander Eaton House.

– We are close to completing a virtual tour of the Westport Battlefield in Kansas City, Missouri.  This week’s addition is tour stop number 7, where Colonel James McGhee’s Arkansas cavalry charged a Federal battery, only to be checked by the 2nd Colorado Cavalry.

– An addition for our set at Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, New York discusses projectiles produced for the massive 20-inch Rodman Gun, the largest seacoast gun produced during the war.

– The 6th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, one of many from the state which served in the Army of Northern Virginia for most of the war, drilled at and then departed for war from Camp Alamance, in Burlington, North Carolina.

– A soldier at rest statue tops the LaFayette-Jackson Township war memorial, in LaFayette, Ohio.

– A memorial hall in Sidney, Ohio honored Shelby County’s war dead.  Dedicated in 1875, a statue of “Sgt Baker” was added in 1900.  Look at the links offered on this entry.  “Sgt Baker” was one of possibly three similar statues, and the only one to survive the test of time.

– A state marker in Jefferson, Pennsylvania records the passing of armies destined to meet at Gettysburg.  In particular General J.E.B. Stuart’s cavalry rode through the town on June 30, 1863.

– A trailside marker at Hanover Station, Pennsylvania discusses four 3-inch Ordnance Rifles which once guarded York’s Soldiers and Sailors Memorial.

– I’ve always thought Secessionville, South Carolina had an appropriate name to give a Civil War battle.  Two entries this week discussing that battle fought on June 16, 1862.  A state marker notes the locality’s history and briefly discusses the battle.   A small monument relates more of the battle details, including Federal and Confederate orders of battle.

– A marker south of Charleston on John’s Island, South Carolina notes a July 2-9, 1864 Federal expedition led by General John Hatch.  The advance was thwarted by Confederates at Burden’s Causeway.

– You get the impression that a bridge outside the town of Goose Creek, South Carolina was not destined to remain standing.  Aside from the usual wear and tear, the bridge was repeatedly burned by combatants.  First by the British in 1780, during the Revolutionary War.  In 1865, Confederates burned the bridge to delay the Federal advances in the state.  A modern highway bridge finally replaced the often repaired wooden one in 1925.

– The last home of Wade Hampton, in Columbia, South Carolina, is now the site of an apartment complex.

– The passing of armies through Alexander Springs, Tennessee forced the abandonment of a tavern known as McMillian’s Stand in 1862.

Published by Craig Swain

"Historical marker hunter" and Civil War enthusiast.

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