HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of March 7

Short work week again in the Civil War category at HMDB.  Only ten entries to discuss:

– In Sheffield, Alabama a marker indicates that General John B. Hood could have used a railroad bridge there in 1864.  But his army instead placed a pontoon bridge over the Tennessee River at that point, since Confederates had burned the old railroad bridge themselves in 1862.

– A memorial in Mobile, Alabama honors Confederate Rear-Admiral Raphael Semmes, who commanded the CSS Alabama.

– A plaque in southeastern District of Columbia indicates the site of Fort Davis, one of many fortifications that defended Washington during the war.

– The “Battle of Curahee”, fought in October 1864, is the subject of a marker near Baldwin, Georgia.

– A new marker in Savannah, Georgia provides a brief history of emancipation in the coastal area, along with General Orders No. 15 –  often cited for the “forty acres and a mule” grants to former slaves.

Greenfield Church, near Moultrie, Georgia, served as a Confederate hospital and recruiting point.  A marker beside the church notes Confederate burials in the cemetery.

– A memorial in Saratoga Springs, New York honors the community’s 77th New York Infantry regiment.

– A marker near New Albany, Ohio notes Civil War veterans buried in the Wagnor Cemetery.

– And the award to most awkwardly placed marker goes to…… a marker conspicuously close to the now submerged site of Snyder’s Ford, along the Occoquan River in Virginia.

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