HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of September 27

This week, thirty-eight additions to the Civil War category in the Historical Marker Database.  States represented are Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

– The Tannehill Ironworks near McCalla, Alabama provided kettles, ovens, hollow-ware, harness and canteens to the Confederate government.

– The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ monument in Norwalk, Connecticut honors that community’s Civil War veterans.

– Several markers from around Milledgeville, Georgia.  Some 25,000 Federals camped outside of the city on November 22-25, 1864.   General Sherman briefly used the Governor’s Mansion as his headquarters.  St. Stephens Episcopal Church was damaged when the nearby arsenal was destroyed.

– A stone marker in Atlanta notes the location of Manigault’s Brigade during the Battle of Atlanta, July 22, 1864.

– Several markers related to the Battle of Ezra Church, on the west side of Atlanta.  On July 26, 1864 General S.D. Lee’s Corps stepped off to attack Federal lines from a line near present day West View Cemetery.   General J.C. Brown’s division led the attack on the left of Lee’s line.  Clayton’s Division advanced on the left.    Lick Skillet Road was a prominent feature on the battlefield.

– A wayside marker in Augusta, Georgia orients visitors to the site of the Augusta Arsenal.

– A state marker in West Point, Georgia details an action fought there on April 16, 1865.  Fort Tyler was the last Confederate fort to fall in the war.

– Some of the interpretive markers recently added from Fort Scott, Kansas cover Civil War related topics.  On December 16, 1858, “Free Staters” raided the fort to free one of their imprisoned compatriots.  Another marker discusses garrison activities during the war.

– A marker near Cynthiana, Kentucky discusses Dr. James A. Henshall author, naturalist, and physician, who rendered aid to wounded of both sides during the war.

– John J. Crittenden, of Russellville, Kentucky, worked hard in the early days of the war to find a compromise.  The war divided his family, with his sons on opposite sides, both serving as generals.

– In Southeast Missouri, the towns of Poplar Bluff and Caruthersville suffered from guerrilla activities during the war.

– The Federal Army of Southeast Missouri wintered near Van Buren, Missouri in the winter of 1862-63.

– On September 23, 1861 Kansas troops under General James H. Lane destroyed the town of Osceola, Missouri.   Parts of the movie Outlaw Josy Wales are based on this episode.

– Missouri State Guard under General Sterling Price defeated some of the Kansas “Jay Hawkers” on September 2, 1861 at the battle of Drywood, near modern Nevada, Missouri.

– A memorial in Passaic, New Jersey honors soldiers of the Revolutionary and Civil War.

– Another marker tracing Morgan’s Raid this week, this time from near Harrisville, Ohio.

Camp Boone, just over the Kentucky-Tennessee state line near Clarksville, Tennessee, served as a muster point for Kentucky men joining the Confederate army.

– A combined operation at Galveston, Texas on January 1, 1863 recaptured the port for the Confederacy.  Captaining one of the Confederate ships was Leon Smith. Smith was very active with coastal patrols and blockade running during the war.  Confederate troops occupied fortifications on Virginia Point outside Galveston.

– A state marker notes the location of Fort Martin Scott, in Fredericksburg, Texas.  The fort was a pre-war frontier fort, used by Confederates during the war.

– A memorial in Isle of Wight, Virginia honors the county’s Confederate veterans.

– A state marker in Jonesville, Virginia briefly notes an action fought there on January 3, 1864, resulting in a disaster for a Federal raiding force.  Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, a leader in the field of osteopathy, was born in Jonesville and served in the war.

– A state marker and a Civil War Trails marker discuss the Battle of Marion, Virginia, fought on December 17-18, 1864.   Colonel William Peters, of the 21st Virginia Cavalry, and college professor both pre- and post-war, was buried in Marion.

– A memorial in Surry, Virginia honors Surry County’s Confederates.  A nearby plaque notes the death of Captain Jacob Faulcon, killed during a Federal raid on November 11, 1864.

– A marker near Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin discusses a Chippewa settlement there.  Many of the tribe fought in the Union army during the war.  The famous Old Abe mascot of the 8th Wisconsin was captured on the lake.


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