HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of November 15

New entries from Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.  All told 45 additions:

– More entries from Selma, Alabama this week detailing that city’s history with mention of Civil War events.  The Smitherman Building was used for Masonic functions until impressed as a hospital by Confederates.  Senators and Confederate generals Edmund Pettus and John Tyler Morgan hailed from Selma.  The two were buried in Live Oak Cemetery, were William Hardee and Catesby ap Roger Jones are also buried.

– Volunteers from Pinson, Alabama went to war as the Jefferson Warriors.  The nearby Mount Pinson Ironworks provided horseshoes to the Confederate army.

– Most in Athens, Alabama voted for Douglas in the 1860 election.  Federals first occupied the town in May 1862, destroying many of the buildings.

– Federal troops established Fort Bowie, Arizona in 1862 to protect supply lines.  Later the fort became a staging area for troops operating against the Apache.

– On November 27, 1864, some of Sherman’s troops marching through Georgia neared the cross roads near modern day Grange, Georgia.  There they rounded up all the local horses and mules, drafted usable animals, and killed the rest.

– From Baxter Springs, Kansas, more markers this week covering the battle of Baxter Springs, considered a massacre in some accounts.   At nearby Fort Blair, Federals successfully fended off Quantrill’s attack.  Bodies from the massacre were buried nearby initially, until relocated to a national cemetery post-war.

– A marker in Lawrence, Kansas notes the location where abolitionist John Speer established a farm during the continuous pre-war years.

– A state marker near New Concord, Kentucky notes the location of Fort Heiman, initially built by Confederates to aid the defense of the Tennessee River opposite Fort Henry.  The site is now a unit in the Fort Donelson National Battlefield.

– A memorial in South Berwick, Maine honors that locality’s war veterans.

– The soldier’s memorial fountain in Poughkeepsie, New York was dedicated to those who fell in the war.

– A Civil War Trails marker in Durham, North Carolina notes the American Tobacco Company has its origin in the days at the end of the Civil War.

– Another Gettysburg hospital marker this week – the Hummelbaugh Farm.

– Near Appleton, Tennessee, a Civil War Trails marker notes the fighting withdrawal of the Army of Tennessee over the Tennessee River in the aftermath of Hood’s failed 1864 campaign.

– Confederates used Camp Smartt, outside McMinnville, Tennessee as a staging and training post.

– Fourteen additions round out the Stones River Battlefield, which now has it’s “Battlefield by Markers” page.

Four entries to start my set for Fort Donelson, Tennessee.   More to come in the weeks ahead.

– A Civil War Trails marker near Chesapeake, Virginia discusses the wartime activity along Dismal Swamp Canal.

– A new marker near Woodbridge, Virginia discusses the December 1862 cavalry movements around Selecman’s (or Snyder’s) Ford.

– A marker in Princeton, West Virginia introduces the battle of Pigeon’s Roost, fought May 17, 1862.  The McNutt House in Princeton is the only surviving ante-bellum home in the community.

– A memorial in Wyocena, Wisconsin honors men from the community killed in the war who lay in unknown graves.

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