HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of January 17

Another short work week in the Civil War category at the Historical Marker Database.  Winter weather keeps the marker hunters indoors, so only sixteen updates to discuss at this time.  These are from Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia:

– A marker in DeFuniak Springs, Florida tells us the Walton County Confederate Monument was the first such memorial in Florida.

– A marker in Glasgow, Kentucky notes the location of Fort Williams.  General John H. Morgan’s raiders captured the fort in October 1863.

– Several markers this week note Civil War events in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  First occupied by Confederates, Federals moved into the city in February 1862.  As Confederates withdrew, they destroyed the bridge over Barren River.  Other markers note Fort Webb and Resevoir Hill, part of the wartime defenses of the city.

– A marker in Savannah, Missouri notes wartime actions in Andrew County.  Citizens of the county were divided over the war, with numbers taking up arms on both sides.  By 1863, guerrillas had overrun the northwest Missouri county.

– A marker in Batavia, New York notes the residence of Captain Charles Rand of Company K, 12th New York Volunteers.  “He distinguished himself in the First Battle of Bull Run at Blackburn’s Ford, Virginia, and became one of the first soldiers in American military history to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.”

– A state marker on James Island, South Carolina indicates the site of Battery Haskell, which defended the access routes to Charleston.

– Confederates used the Presbyterian Church in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina as a hospital during the war.  During reconstruction the church housed the Laing School for freedmen.

– A Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail marker near South Pittsburg, Tennessee notes the location of Fort McCook, also known as Fort Maxey and Fort Thomas.

– A marker in Alpine, Texas introduces Colonel Henry P. Brewster, who served on the staff of Generals A.S. Johnston and John B. Hood.  Brewster is the county’s namesake.

– A marker in Arlington, Virginia indicates the location of Fort Richardson in the Washington Defenses.

– In Wheeling, West Virginia, the Defenders of the Union memorial honors the community’s Federal veterans.

Published by Craig Swain

"Historical marker hunter" and Civil War enthusiast.

2 thoughts on “HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of January 17

  1. Three new markers were placed by Civil War Trails in Rowlesburg, WV: (1) Cheat Bridge on Northwestern Turnpike (US50) where General W.E. Jones divided his Confederate Raiders to attack Rowlesburg on April 26, 1963. (2) attack on the “River Road” (WV72) where the Rowlesburg Union garrison was entrenched behind fallen trees. The Union line held and Jones was forced to abandon the fight. (3) Cheat River Railroad Bridge where the principle target of Lee and Davis was not touched because the Union with howitzers and Parrot Guns plus well entrenched riflemen routed the Confederates resulting in an disorderly retreat.

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