HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of September 20

A lot of activity in the Civil War category of the Historical Marker Database this week.  Seventy-four entries from eleven states – Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia:

– Burned by Federals in April 1863, LaGrange College near Leighton, Alabama never reopened.

– A marker in Tuscalosa, Alabama adds more details to the April 1865 defense by the city’s Home Guard, led by Benjamin F. Eddins.

– A state marker in Rockmart, Georgia notes the passing of Federal troops on their way to attack the Dallas Line in May 1864.

– Speaking of Dallas, three markers from the Dallas, Georgia vicinity.  One notes the site of the Robertson House, used by General William Hardee as a headquarters.  Two other state markers indicate the arrival of McPherson’s Army of the Tennessee on May 24, and the advance to Pumpkin Vine Creek on May 25-26.

– Two markers in Atlanta, Georgia discuss the Battle of Moore’s Mill fought on July 19, 1864.

– Two markers from Millidgeville, Georgia discuss March to the Sea. A junction of the Federal 20th and 14th Corps occurred outside Millidgeville on November 23, 1864.  The 20th Corps continued on to Milledgeville to produce a bit of damage to say the least.

Four markers at the Cumberland Gap discuss untested fortifications, built by both sides, defending that strategic gap.  On the Virginia side of the gap is a state marker noting the advance of General Burnside in 1863.

Cumberland Ford, outside Pineville, Kentucky, was used by both sides during the campaigns in eastern Kentucky.  Pineville is the county seat of Bell County, named for Joshua Fry Bell.  Bell was the state’s delegate to the unsuccessful 1861 peace conference.

Fort Clay was a component of the Federal defenses of Lexington, Kentucky.  Jefferson Davis lived in Lexington while a student, 1821-24.

Two battles were fought at Cynthiana, Kentucky.  Both associated with raids, one in 1862 and the other in 1864,  by General John H. Morgan.

Four markers interpret the Battle of Barbourville, Kentucky.

– A marker in Port Gibson, Mississippi discusses the battle fought there on May 1, 1863, as part of Grant’s Vicksburg Campaign.

– Speaking of Vicksburg, an entry this week cites the engine of the U.S.S. Cairo as a mechanical engineering landmark.

– I only managed to document one of the dozen interpretive markers for the Battle of Springfield, Missouri on my recent visit.  Hopefully a “marker hunter” out that way can finish the task.

Eminence, Missouri, situated in the scenic Spring Region of the state, was burned by guerrilla bands during the war, and rebuilt at the present day site.

The Grubb Cottage in Burlington, New Jersey was built for General Edward Grubb, of the 3rd, 10th, 23rd and 37th New Jersey.  The architect was his friend Frank Furness, who earned the Medal of Honor for actions at Trevilian Station.

– A simple plaque near Sunbury, Ohio indicates the birthplace of General William Rosecrans.

– Jay Cooke, known as the financier of the Civil War, built a grand mansion near Put-in-Bay, Ohio, on Lake Erie.

Fourteen entries from western Ohio this week covering Morgan’s 1863 Raid.  Many are bronze plaques without attribution.  I would appreciate hearing from any reader who might know what organization placed these.

– A state marker at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania reminds us the town was raided in 1862, occupied in 1863, then burned in 1864.

– A state marker and a U.D.C. memorial recall the Battle of Dingle’s Mill fought in the closing days of the war near Sumter, South Carolina.

– A Civil War Trails marker in Harrogate, Tennessee notes Lincoln Memorial University was founded based on the wishes of President Lincoln, expressed to General O.O. Howard.

Eighteen entries this week from the Lookout Mountain battlefield, overlooking Chattanooga, Tennessee.

– A memorial in Fayetteville, Tennessee honors the women of the Confederacy.

– A Civil War Trails marker relates aspects of Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia.

– A marker in Amelia Court House, Virginia provides a brief biography of John Banister Tabb.  Tab served on a blockade runner and later the 59th Virginia during the war.  Post-war he was a noted poet and priest.

– A Civil War Trails marker near Smithfield, Virginia orients visitors to Fort Huger which defended the James River.

– A marker in Windsor, Virginia relates the remarkable story of the Roberts brothers.  Seven brothers served from 1861 to the end of the war (six in the 16th Virginia and one in the 11th North Carolina)… and all survived the war.