I’m a bit behind with updates on our historical markers, what with vacation and such. But better late than never. We had 130 additions and updates in the month of July. These range from Connecticut to Texas. Much to take in. But here’s the highlights:
– A marker in Tampa, Florida notes a battle fought there on October 17, 1863.
– A marker Stockbridge, Georgia recalls actions by the famed Orphan Brigade to delay the March to the Sea.
– A state marker in Elkhart, Indiana notes the wartime home of soldier and author Ambrose Bierce.
– A marker in Greensburg, Indiana draws attention to the home of General John T. Wilder, famous for his brigade’s work in the Tullahoma and Chickamauga campaigns.
– Another Indiana general, Ambrose E. Burnside, was born in Liberty, Indiana.
– Known as “Mother George,” Eliza E. George, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, served as a nurse during the war and braved Confederate fire to care for wounded in many western theater battles. She died in Wilmington, North Carolina at the end of the war, a victim of typhoid fever.
– We’ve added the Camp Jackson memorial in St.Louis, Missouri, which lists the volunteer regiments involved with the capture of the Missouri State Guard camp in May 1861. Several miles away is a memorial to General Nathaniel Lyon who led the troops and was later mortally wounded in the battle of Wilson’s Creek (August 10, 1861).
– The dockyard at Cool Springs, New York saw much wartime activity associated with the cannons made at West Point Foundry.
– A marker in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania reminds that a substantial number of the troops in the 54th Massachusetts Infantry came from Pennsylvania.
– Saluda Factory near Columbia, South Carolina provided uniforms for the Confederate army before burned by Sherman’s troops in February 1865.
– Twenty-four additions to our growing collection of markers at the Chattanooga battlefield.
– A new marker on the field at Manassas, Virginia discusses the actions of the Marine Battalion in the First Manassas.
– A marker in Abingdon, Virgina notes Governor and General John B. Floyd, the villain of Fort Donelson, died there in 1863.
– A Civil War Trails marker outside Wytheville, Virginia interprets the July 1863 battle fought there.
– A marker in Alexandria, Virginia notes the location of Fort Ellsworth.
– A Civil War Trails marker near Riverton, West Virgina notes the last Federal raid into the area in January 1865.
– A G.A.R. memorial in LaCrosse, Wisconsin features an 8-inch siege mortar. The memorial states the mortar was used at New Orleans, Vicksburg, and Mobile. But the date of manufacture (1863) causes me to be skeptical of the weapons presence in the first two battles.