HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of April 26

This week we have additions from Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.  In all, 37  new entries for the Civil War category at the Historical Marker Database.

– The Torrington, Connecticut Soldiers Memorial features a standard soldier at rest statue.  But the Winsted, Connecticut Soldier’s Memorial is a large tower with a color bearer at the top.

– General George McClellan offers a bold equestrian pose on his memorial in Washington, D.C.

– A marker in Kennesaw, Georgia explains the local name “Big Shanty” and notes that Federal drew supplies from the railroad there in June 1864.

– Two markers in Marietta, Georgia associated with the battle of Kennesaw Mountain.  One marker notes the position from which Logan’s Fifteenth Army Corps assaulted the Confederate lines on June 27, 1864.    Another notes the line of assault for five brigades from the Fourth and Fourteenth Army Corps.

– A marker in Atlanta, Georgia note the location used by General O.O. Howard on July 5-10, 1864 as his corps confronted the Chattahoochee Line.  The Fourth Corps’ occupied the area around Vining’s Station.

– Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston is featured in a bold pose on a memorial in Dalton, Georgia.

– A marker in Louisville, Kentucky notes the location of the Galt House.  In September 1862, General J.C. Davis assassinated General William Nelson there.  In March 1864, Generals Grant and Sherman met there to plan strategy for that year’s summer campaigns.

– A marker in Flemingsburg, Kentucky stands in front of the home of James J. Andrews, leader of the Federal raiders in the Great Locomotive Chase.

William S. Ashe, resident of Ashton, North Carolina, managed the Confederate railroad system during the war.

– A soldier with arms at the ready stands atop the Butler County Civil War Memorial in Middletown, Ohio.  The memorial is guarded by a 100-pdr Parrott Rifle.

– The first shot of the Civil War was a signal shot from a mortar positioned at Fort Johnston, on James Island, South Carolina.  The entry includes photos of the remains of the fort.

– A marker in Nashville, Tennessee indicates the site of Fort Negley, part of the Federal defenses of the city.  Firing guns from the fort, Federals opened their assaults of December 15, 1864, during the Battle of Nashville.

– The Confederate cemetery in San Antonio, Texas is the final resting place for many notable persons in the state’s rich history.

– A marker in Mason, Texas stands at the site of Fort Mason.  Before the Civil War the Second U.S. Cavalry garrisoned the fort with officers such as Albert Sidney Johnston, George H. Thomas,  Earl Van Dorn and Robert E. Lee.

– Several entries from Richmond, Virginia this week.  A memorial commemorates the spot near the Manchester Court House where the Manchester Elliot Grays mustered into service.  Also in the Manchester district, a marker indicates the location of old slave docks along the James.   A kiosk marker further discusses the docks, as well as the CSS Virginia’s service.  A sidewalk marker along the Richmond Canal Walk describes Tredegar Iron Works.  Two markers indicate the house occupied by Matthew Fontaine Maury during the war, mentioning his work on underwater torpedoes in particular.

– A wayside marker in Gloucester Point, Virginia tells us the first shots of the Civil War fired in Virginia occurred on May 3, 1861 at the point when a Federal ship attempted passage up-river.

– A marker and a monument in Matthews, Virginia commemorate “Captain Sally” Tompkins.  She founded Robertson Hospital in Richmond.   Tompkins is buried in a nearby cemetery.   Matthews also boasts a Confederate Memorial.

– Also in Matthews County, but in near the community of Moon, Virginia was Fitchett’s Warf, site of a shipyard.  The yard was burned by Federals during the war.  Another state marker notes the location of New Point Comfort Lighthouse, which was left dark during the Civil War.

– The now vanished town of Diuguidsville, Virginia prospered prior to the War due to the James River traffic, then declined post-war.  In 1865, the townspeople burned a bridge over the river when Sheridan moved through.

– A memorial on the grounds of the “new” Appomattox Court House lists the units formed within Appomattox County.  The memorial stands beside the county’s Confederate memorial.

– A new NPS wayside marker added to the collection detailing the Battle of Appomattox Station, April 8, 1865.  I’m looking for a replacement for the “washed out” photos taken on my recent trip.

– Several additions to the Appomattox Court House related set this week.  An old NPS marker notes the location of “Lee’s Apple Tree” where he rested on April 9, 1865.  Another marker directs our attention to Sears Lane, used by Grant on his way to meet Lee at the McLean house.  Within the park, but not directly associated with the surrender is the home of Joel Walker Sweeney, who made the banjo popular.  Joel’s brother Sam provided entertainment for General J.E.B. Stuart during the war.  Further afield is a county line marker boasting Appomattox’s role in the final campaign of the war.


5 thoughts on “HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of April 26

  1. Re: First Shot marker… actually the first shot was fired a bit before that. Though cannot be considered the first shot of the war, it was the first shot on Sumter. There’s actually, a pretty funny story about it that isn’t well circulated.

  2. I will indeed. In fact, I should probably turn it into a blog post. I’ll give a synopsis here, first. Confederate boy in the Washington Artillery (S.C.) gets bored and loads live shell with powder into cannon. During drills, cannon shoots real shell and lands (IIRC) on the wharf at Ft. Sumter. Beauregard sends a boat out to Sumter expressing many mea culpas for the incident… and all is well until April. I think it happened in March, but need to check my notes.

    • I think Warren Ripley wrote a piece on the incident for the Charleston paper. I’ve seen a reprint of it in the “Charleston at War” paperback.

    • I want to say it took place around March 27, but need to confirm. I was once looking seriously at writing a unit history of the Washington Art. (S.C.), and did a great deal of the legwork, but never got around to putting it all together.

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