Between posts on Charleston, the Keokuk, and Chancellorsville, I’ve been neglecting marker news of late. Allow me to run what Andy likes to call canister… maybe I should call it “case shot.”:
- The latest of our Civil War Trails markers here in Loudoun County cites Lovettsville as the “gateway for the Union army” to Virginia. For good reason, after both Antietam and Gettysburg the Army of the Potomac passed through Lovettsville in pursuit of the Army of Northern Virginia. This is the second Civil War Trails marker for the town.
- In Fairfax County, a newly dedicated marker interprets a Federal ambush set in 1861. The Bog Wallow Ambush involved troops from the 3rd New Jersey and Georgia Hussars.
- A stone marker in Fayetteville,
ArkansasNorth Carolina will honor Captain Alexander McRae, who fell in the battle of Valverde, New Mexico.
- A new marker in Oxford, Mississippi covers some 175 years of history. Events span through the burning of the town square in 1864 through integration of the University of Mississippi in 1962, stopping with the city hosting a 2008 presidential debate.
- Summit, Mississippi boasts a new marker discussing damage to the railroad lines done by Grierson’s Raiders.
- Two new markers approved by the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. One for Jacksonport State Park discusses the shelling of the town by the CSS Maurepas in 1862. The other discusses Union Army activity at Camp Halleck in Benton County.
- A new marker in Perryville, Kentucky discusses the use of the Kirkland Home as a hospital after the 1862 battle fought there.
- A new Civil War Trails marker in Sevier County, Tennessee interprets the battle of Fair Garden, fought in January 1864.
- A Virginia State historical marker in James City County details the settlement and resettlement… and resettlement again… of an African-American community in the aftermath of the Civil War.
- Not directly Civil War, but one of the events leading up to the war – another Virginia State marker recognizes the birthplace of Dred Scott in Southhampton County.
- A “hope to see markers there someday” story from Williamsburg, Virginia. Local historians have tied awareness and preservation programs into efforts for historical markers. Here’s the video:
It’s hard for us marker hunters to keep up with the new ones!