Another short week for the Civil War category at the Historical Marker Database as we work through the “winter doldrums” (or is it that we’ve collected ALL the Civil War Markers out there? …. Not possible!). Nineteen entries from Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia.
– Auburn University in Alabama has a lathe used to produce cannon during the war. When raiders neared Selma, Alabama, Confederate hid the lathe, returning it to the foundry when the Federals left (and although the marker claims production resumed, I have doubts). The Auburn University Chapel served as a hospital during the war.
– A trio of entries from Bowling Green, Kentucky this week. Markers discussing the formation of John H. Morgan’s command, Defenses of the L&N Railroad, and Fort C.F. Smith (the Kentucky one, not the Washington defense).
– The Forrest County Confederate monument in Hattiesburg, Mississippi honors all Confederate men and women.
– Butler, Missouri boasts a memorial for the First Kansas Colored Infantry.
– A marker in Deerfield, Missouri notes battles fought in Marmaton Valley during the war, including actions at Dry Wood Creek in September 1861 and Marmaton River in October 1864.
– Markers in Concord, North Carolina relate that Jefferson Davis spent the night of April 18, 1865 in the town. He even hitched his horse there… yes right THERE! Earlier that day in nearby Charlotte, Davis was informed of Lincoln’s assassination.
– A marker in Mentor, Ohio notes the Civil War service of James A. Garfield.
– State marker in Smethport, Pennsylvania notes the assembly of “bucktails” who later formed the core of the 42nd Pennsylvania Infantry.
– A marker in Cayce, South Carolina details action at the Battle of Congaree Creek fought in February 1865 as Sherman’s army marched through the state.
– A recent memorial in Fredericksburg, Virginia notes the 51 Confederates buried in Barton Street Cemetery.
– A marker in Emporia, Virgina notes a failed Federal raid in December 1864 attempting to the railroad there.
– Two entries from the New Market battlefield in Virginia this week. One highlighting the Virginia Military Institute’s cadets and the other discussing the defense staged by the 54th Pennsylvania. I’ll follow-up with a New Market tour by markers in good time.
– The Sussex County Confederate memorial in Sussex, Virginia features yet another soldier at rest.