HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of August 30

Twenty-seven additions to the Civil War category of the Historical Marker Database over the last week.  The new entries cover Civil War related sites in Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia:

– On the campus of the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, the observatory, known as Maxwell Hall, was among the few buildings remaining after a Federal raid in April 1865.

– Another memorial from New Haven, Connecticut.  This one honors the Connecticut Light Battery along with the 6th, 7th and 10th Connecticut Volunteers.

– Two entries from Kingston, Georgia this week.  The Rome Railroad played a role in the Great Railroad Chase in 1863 and the battle of Allatoona Pass in 1864.  General Sherman was in Kingston when he received orders to start his March to the Sea.

– According to the marker, the Philadelphia United Methodist Church near Eatonton, Georgia was saved from destruction during Sherman’s March to the Sea by a strongly worded warning.

– A somewhat battered marker indicates a stop on the Underground Railroad near Westpoint, Indiana.

– Outside Tullulah, Mississippi is a marker noting the battle of Milliken’s Bend, an action fought in June 1863 associated with the Vicksburg campaign and the second battle involving US Colored Troops.

– In Plaquemines Parish, down river of New Orleans, Louisiana is Fort Jackson.  The fort played a key role in the capture of the city, but is undergoing restoration due to recent hurricane damage.

– On the Vicksburg Battlefield in Mississippi is a monument to the 1st and 3rd Mississippi Infantry (US) for their service in the Vicksburg Campaign.

– Markers in Independence, Missouri note the First (August 1862) and Second (October 1864) battles of Independence.  The Jackson County Jail was used as the US Provost Marshal Headquarters during the war.

– A memorial in Sparta, New Jersey honors those 27th and 33rd New Jersey Volunteers.

– A marker in Edenton, North Carolina discusses a naval action there which left the CSS Albemarle badly damaged.  A nearby marker discusses the Edenton Bell Battery, with two field pieces used by the battery on display.

– A memorial in Chicora Cemetery near Dunn, North Carolina honors the Confederate dead from the battle of Averasboro.

– The McPherson Post No. 48, Grand Army of the Republic placed a memorial to the Union war dead in Miami, Oklahoma.

– “Loyalty to the Union” is the title of an entry from Comfort, Texas.  The subject is a group of German immigrants  with Union sentiments killed in August 1862 while attempting to reach Federal lines.

– The Bingham City Veterans Memorial outside Copperton, Utah notes the final resting place of several Civil War veterans.

Pearisburg, Virginia witnessed fighting in May 1862 as future President Rutherford B. Hayes defeated Confederate General Henry Heth.

– Two new NPS markers from the Richmond Battlefields.  One discusses the Federal use of balloons to reconnoiter the Confederate lines.  The other discusses the strong Federal position at Gaines’ Mill.

– Federal troops occupied the grounds of “Rural Plains” in 1864, near Mechanicsville, Virginia.  The plantation was home to the Shelton Family for three centuries.  Soldiers at the time took note of the ground’s association with patriot Patrick Henry.

– A marker at Virginia Beach, actually at the entrance to the Bay Bridge-Tunnel, discusses the naval activity during the war at the mouth of the Chesapeake.

– A new Civil War Trails marker in Upperville, Virginia relates more details of that June 1863 battle.

– Another Civil War Trails marker notes the location of Mitchell’s Ford, Manassas, Virginia.  The site is associated with the First Manassas campaign.

– A state marker notes Princeton, West Virginia saw action in May 1862 as General Cox’s Federals moved into the Kanawah Valley.