New historical markers for opposite ends of the war

Couple of entries from the Civil War historical marker category.

The Annandale Patch reports there’s a new marker in Fairfax:

New Civil War Marker Installed in Mason District Park

Visitors to Mason District Park may notice a new addition to the park not far from the picnic tables near the baseball field. Last Wednesday, a new Civil War marker was installed as part of the Civil War 150th Legacy Project.

The marker, called Mason’s Hill, represents a strategic location used by Confederate Col. J.E.B. Stuart following the First Battle of Manassas. According to the summary graphic, at Mason’s Hill, Col. Edward P. Alexander built a signal observation tower with a six foot “astronomical glass” to observe Washington.

Mason’s Hill isn’t the only new marker in the Annandale area. Ravensworth, a marker located in the Ravensworth Shopping Center in Springfield, was also installed last week. Markers have also been installed in Clifton, Centreville, Vienna, McLean and Great Falls. By late summer or early fall, markers will also be installed in Rose Hill near Alexandria and in Lorton. (read more)

The article goes on to detail Fairfax’s Civil War 150th Legacy Project. The project plans to have five more markers by July 2013. Ron, I think this marker is in your HMDB assignment area, can you get it on your way home this evening?

And from the other side of the Civil War map, out near my homestead, the Paragould Daily Press reports on a new marker in Marmaduke, Arkansas:

Historical marker commemorates Marmaduke’s past

Just outside of the town’s post office sits a historical marker with the name “John Sappington Marmaduke” written in big bold letters….

According to its history, Marmaduke was named after General John Sappington Marmaduke who served as a Confederate major general during the American Civil War.

Marmaduke came to the area during the Civil War, when he crossed the St. Francis River to find a suitable place for camp on level ground. During his period in Arkansas, Marmaduke led several cavalry raids into Missouri before finally leaving and moving to Missouri. Several soldiers stayed in the area and made the camp into a village. As the small village began to form, it was given the name of Marmaduke, after the general who led so many raids. Finally, it turned into a city when the “Cotton Belt” railroad was laid in 1882 and kept the name of Marmaduke. (read more)

The article goes on to mention that Marmaduke went on to serve as governor of Missouri, but died in office in 1887. Some time back I wrote about Chalk Bluff, an 1863 battle on one of the general’s cavalry raids. But I contend Marmaduke’s greatest contribution to the Confederate war effort was to mortally wound his commander, General Lucius M. Walker, in an 1863 duel.

Regardless, the town of Marmaduke is a place name from my youth. In my teen years, it served as an example of the lasting impression left by the Civil War.

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