A fairly busy month of May in the Civil War category at the Historical Marker Database. 187 entries and updates to discuss. Since this is the last day of the month, and a Tuesday (my usual day for marker updates), I’ll provide the highlights of markers added since the last update on May 5.
– A marker in Arley, Alabama notes unionist sympathies and the proposal for Winston County to secede from the state – the Free State of Winston.
– Markers in Milledgeville, Georgia note the state’s secession convention of 1861 and a memorial to Confederate soldiers who died at Brown Hospital during the war. Just outside of town a state marker notes the passage of Kilpatrick’s cavalry during the march to the sea in 1864.
– The lone Atlanta, Georgia Civil War marker for this month notes the extension of Confederate lines in the later stages of the Atlanta Campaign, to meet Federal maneuvers against the railroads.
– In Riverdale, Georgia a marker notes the location of Renfroe’s Plantation, a landmark for Federals making those maneuvers toward the railroads outside Atlanta in August 1864.
– Near Hampton, Georgia a marker discusses actions at Lovejoy Station on November 16, 1864 during the early part of the march to the sea.
– Near Fayetteville, Georgia a marker notes a July 30 skirmish fought at the locality of Shakerug.
– On April 11, 1863, a group of Columbus, Georgia women armed with knives and pistols marched into the city’s business district raiding the stores of speculators.
– A memorial in Winamac, Indiana lists those from Pulaski County who served in the Civil War, most in the 46th and 87th Indiana Volunteers.
– Iowa honored its Civil War veterans with a towering memorial in Des Moines.
– A marker in North Oxford, Massachusetts points out the birthplace of Clara Barton.
– In Detroit, Michigan, a marker discusses the formation and service of the 24th Michigan Volunteers.
– Near Richfield, Michigan a marker discusses Civil War activity at Fort Snelling.
– A recently placed memorial in Corinth, Mississippi discusses the actions of Texas troops in the fighting around the town in 1862.
– A state historical society marker in Lamar, Missouri notes the multiple burnings of the town during the war.
– In Higginsville, Missouri, the Lion of Lucerne honors the Confederate dead buried at the former state Confederate Veterans Home. Among the dead buried in the cemetery are the remains of William Quantrill.
– Students at the Danville Female Academy, in Danville, Missouri, helped save the campus from Confederate raiders in October, 1864.
– Hazen, Nevada is named for Union General William B. Hazen.
– A memorial in Jersey City, New Jersey honors the city’s Civil War veterans.
– Two Napoleon Guns guard the G.A.R. memorial in Ocean County, New Jersey.
– Even Staten Island, New York has a Civil War memorial.
– On April 15, 1865, elements of the Army of Tennessee camped on Regulators’ Field in Burlington, North Carolina. There they received word of the surrender at Appomattox – symbolic as the site is closely associated with an earlier North Carolina rebellion in 1771.
– A marker near Carlisle Springs, Pennsylvania notes the “farthest north” of any Confederate regulars during the Gettysburg campaign.
– A plaque in Columbia, South Carolina notes the location of the Palmetto Arsenal, which made guns for the Confederacy. Sherman’s men destroyed the arsenal in 1865.
– After leaving Columbia, Sherman’s men fought a brief skirmish with Confederate rear guards at Killian’s Mill on February 18, 1865.
– Leading a relief force to Chattanooga in November 1863, General W.T. Sherman crossed the Elk River near Elkton, Tennessee.
– About 100 entries added in May to our collection of markers and monuments at Shiloh, Tennessee. All from one of my fellow Missourians.
– A Civil War Trails marker near Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee discusses the importance of Gibbs Crossroads during the war.
– A marker in Sheldon, Vermont notes the retreat of Confederate raiders from St. Albans on October 19, 1864.
– A marker in Centreville, Virginia provides details about the Confederate military railroad line extended from Manassas during the first fall and winter of the war.
– A new state marker near Quicksburg, Virginia discusses the October 1864 action at Mill Creek during the burning of the Shenandoah.
– A marker near Camp Creek, West Virginia notes the May 1, 1862 battle of Cark’s House.
– The 23rd Ohio Infantry, with three officers who later achieved high station, stayed at Camp Jones, near Flat Top, West Virgina, during 1862.