HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of November 22

Additions to the Civil War category number forty-eight this week.  Entries from Georgia, New Mexico, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin:

– At Davidson, Georgia a state marker indicates parts of the Federal 14th Corps used Fenn’s Bridge on November 27, 1864.

– Another stop on the march through Georgia, General Sherman established his headquarters at the impressive Jones Plantation, near Millen, on December 1, 1864.

–  Near Woodland, Georgia, Wilson’s Raiders made their crossing of the Flint River at Double Bridges on April 18-19, 1865.

– A memorial near Hillsboro, New Mexico pays tribute to James McNally, who was wounded in battle of Valverde in 1862.  McNally was later awarded the Medal of Honor for actions as a scout post war.

– A marker near Deming, New Mexico relates the story of Cathay Williams, who was born a slave, served as a cook during the Civil War, and later posed as a man to serve in the post-war army.

– Markers around Las Cruces, New Mexico follow the battles of Mesilla and San Agustin Springs fought in July 1861.  Both victories by Lieutenant Colonel John Robert Baylor that led to the creation of the Confederate territory of Arizona.

– In Troy, New York, memorials stand near the graves of Generals John Ellis Wool and Joseph Bradford Carr.

– Three additions from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina discussing Civil War activities.  A state marker points out Confederate earthworks, portions of which remain today, which were part of the extensive defenses of Charleston.  The H.L. Hunley crew stayed at Ronkin’s Long Room on Ferry Street before their historic sortie.  The Whilden House on Bennett Street served as headquarters for the 54th Massachusetts after the fall of Charleston in February 1865.

– In Darlington, South Carolina, a state marker notes a failed attempt by Federals to ambush a train in March 1865.   Also in Darlington, Federals spared the home of Samuel Wilds, organizer of “Wild’s Rifles” (Company B, 21st South Carolina Infantry).  Dr. Peter Wilson, who lived at nearby Wilson Crossroads, served as a Confederate surgeon during the war.  Henry “Dad” Brown, a freed black, served in three wars, including time as the drummer in Confederate service.

– In nearby Springville, South Carolina lived John L. Hart, one of “Wild’s Rifles.”  Hart fell at Drewry’s Bluff in May 1864.

– Federals used the Jacob Kelley House near Hartsville, South Carolina on March 2-3, 1865 as they passed through the state.

– Organizer of a battalion of artillery, James J. Lucas lived in Japonica Hall, in Society Hill, South Carolina.

– A state marker near Florence, South Carolina notes the home of Moses Haynsworth, a Confederate veteran.

– After crossing the Pee Dee River in March 1865, Sherman’s Army spent time on a campsite near Wallace, South Carolina which had earlier been used by General Nathanael Greene during the Revolutionary War.

– Federals occupied the Jennings-Brown House and Magnolia in Bennettsville, South Carolina during their 1865 tour of the state.

– Some additions to the battlefield of Shiloh, Tennessee this week, with tablets for the 12th Michigan, 18th Missouri, and Shaver’s Brigade along with monuments for the 8th Iowa and 5th Ohio Light Artillery.

– A baker’s dozen additions to the Fort Donelson set.  This week’s batch includes the Texas monument on the battlefield.  More on the way next week.

– Another of the familiar red granite Texas monument is at Anthony, Texas near El Paso.   This monument notes the state’s men serving in the Arizona-New Mexico Campaign.

– A memorial in El Paso, Texas honors nine men who died in the war.  Seven of those named were employees of the Butterfield Stage Company and died while attempting to join Federal forces early in the war.  Two Confederate Colonels named on the memorial died while leading cavalry regiments during the war.

– Other entries in El Paso note the work of Major Simeon Hart and Captain James W. Magoffin who coordinated the movement of supplies and cotton across the Mexican border.

– A marker in Portsmouth, Virginia recalls the scuttling of the CSS Virginia at Craney Island in May 1862.

– A memorial in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin recalls “Old Abe,” the eagle who accompanied the 8th Wisconsin during the war.

– In Kenosha, Wisconsin, the Lovell GAR Post memorial stands in Green Ridge Cemetery.

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