HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of December 27

Just sixteen additions this week, and the majority from the Chickamauga battlefield.  The remainder represent other Civil War sites in Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee, and Virginia.

– In May 1863, John H. Wisdom traveled 67 miles from Gadsden, Alabama to Rome, Georgia with a warning about Colonel Abel Streight’s Federal raiders.  A marker in Gadsden considers this act “unsurpassed in history.”

Ten additions to our collection from the Chickamauga battlefield, most around the Snodgrass Hill area.

– A Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail marker at Rossville, Georgia notes the location of the McFarland House, discussing the activity that occurred around the house during the battle.

– Near Williamsport, Maryland, a Civil War Trails marker discusses the Confederate advance into Maryland in June 1863.

– One more addition to Shiloh Battlefield this week – the cannon ball pyramid for McClernand’s headquarters.

– Two entries from the Second Manassas battlefield.  Markers for the 15th Alabama and the 6th Wisconsin discuss fighting on August 28, 1862 near Groveton.

Lesson learned this week for all “marker hunters” out there – there are plenty of markers out there even in the most “picked over” places.   Robert Moore located a previously overlooked marker outside Williamsport, near the National Road in a county with over 500 documented markers.  And I located a couple of markers in a less frequented section of the otherwise well covered Manassas battlefield.  In the marker hunting hobby, one is often rewarded with second or third looks.


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