HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of October 18

Short work week for the Civil War category in the Historical Marker Database.  Only 25 new entries for this report, from sites in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

– More entries from McCalla, Alabama telling more about the Tannehill Ironworks.  The 8th Iowa Cavalry partially destroyed the furnace on March 31, 1865.

– The railroad town of Marrow, Georgia was home to William A. Fuller, who recaptured “The General” during the great locomotive chase in 1862.

– A marker outside Atlanta, Georgia details the Federal crossings of Peachtree Creek on June 19 and 20, 1864.

– In LaGrange, Georgia, the Bellevue Mansion was the home of Confederate Senator Benjamin Harvey Hill.

– A marker in Clinton, Kentucky discusses partisan activity in the western part of the state during the Civil War.

– A plaque in Columbus, Ohio notes a speech given by Abraham Lincoln in September 1859, as he began the campaign for the presidency.

– In Columbus, Texas a marker notes the location of Alleyton, which was a major depot during the Civil War.  Cotton bound for Mexico and supplies heading north for the Confederate Army passed through the town.

– Three markers from Fairfield, Texas this week.  Captain L.D. Bradley, from the town, served with distinction during the war.  A 3-inch Ordnance Rifle, one of a set used by the Val Verde Battery, was buried at the end of the war to prevent capture.  Another marker notes the charity of the county, discussing the establishment of soldiers’ homes.

Father Abram Ryan, Confederate chaplain and poet, *may* have been born in Norfolk, Virginia, but most authorities say he was born in Hagerstown, Maryland.

– In Portsmouth, Virginia, the Cedar Grove Cemetery includes a Confederate section and the grave of John Luke Porter, inventor of the C.S.S. Virginia.

– A set of markers from Drewry’s Bluff outside Richmond, Virginia this week.  A new kiosk marker orients visitors to the site.  Highlights include the site of a  white chapel which served the religious needs of the Confederate soldiers during the war.  Another marker discusses the construction of the fortifications on the bluff.  And overlooking the James River, a marker recounts the May 15, 1862 attempt by Federal ironclads to run past the fort.

– Other entries from the Richmond area this week include a new kiosk marker at Beaver Dam Creek.  An interpretive marker on the battlefield notes the high ground held by the Federals overlooking the creek.

– A marker in Bulltown, West Virginia notes an action fought there in October 1863.

– A marker near Duffy, West Virginia notes the location of Fort Pickens.  The fort was first occupied by Company A, 10th West Virginia Infantry, which later served through the war in many major battles.

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