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.
– 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.