For the first week of summer, we had twenty-four new entries in the Civil War category of the Historical Marker Database. These are from sites in Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Here’s the run-down:
– The Wilton Veterans Memorial, Wilton, Connecticut, placed by the American Legion, honors veterans from all wars from the Revolution to Vietnam.
– A state marker in Midville, Georgia (known as Burton during the war) provides an overview of the March to the Sea, and indicates the Seventeenth Corps spent the night of November 30, 1864, along with General Sherman’s headquarters, in Burton.
– 268 Confederates lay in Oak Hill Cemetery, Newnan, Georgia. The men were patients in nearby Confederate hospitals during the war.
– A memorial in Shelbyville, Indiana notes that 3,261 men from the county served in the war. The memorial also lists the regiments in which these men served.
– Eutaw, in Waldorf, Maryland, was the home of Captain William Dement, commander of the 1st Maryland Artillery Battery, CSA.
– Several entries from Elmira, New York this week. A large metal marker in town details the Federal muster camp, later transformed into a prison camp. A monument next to the marker mentions one of the few reminders of the camp still on site – a flagpole. In Woodlawn National Cemetery, a memorial honors the Confederates who died at the prison and buried in the cemetery. According to another memorial, the Confederates were not reinterred due to the honorable way they were buried. The story, which deserves more treatment than the space I have, involves a former slave named John W. Jones.
– A memorial at the county courthouse in Elmira, New York honors the 107th New York Volunteers, which served in both Eastern and Western theaters during the war.
– A forty-foot tall memorial in Antwerp, New York, honors that locality’s veterans.
– A marker in Hattaras, North Carolina notes the loss of the USS Monitor on December 31, 1862 off Cape Hatteras. The marker also lists other ships and men lost off the cape during the war.
– Two markers from downtown Gettysburg, Pennsylvania this week. One discusses the Gettysburg and Harrisburg Railroad, which brought early tourists to the battlefield. Another discusses the adjournment of classes at Gettysburg College as the battle started in July 1, 1863 and the subsequent use of the buildings as a hospital.
– In Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania a memorial to the soldiers and sailors from Carbon County mentions five campaigns of the war – Wilderness, Hampton Roads, Antietam, Gettysburg, and Appomattox.
– In Orangeburg, South Carolina a state marker notes the house used by General Sherman on February 12, 1865 during his march through the state.
– A stone marker on the shores of Fort Loudoun Lake, outside Knoxville, Tennessee indicates the birthplace of Admiral David Farragut.
– A plaque in Richmond, Virginia notes the location of the Second Alabama Hospital.
– A Civil War Trails marker on the Glendale Battlefield, outside Richmond, Virginia, details the charge of the 69th Pennsylvania in the battle.
– The Ridge Baptist Church in Henrico, Virgina served as a hospital during the war.