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PostSubject: Civil War markers selected for trail   11/26/2009, 10:25 am

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MACON, Ga. -- The Macon Sesquicentennial Planning Committee is working to erect 10 more markers along Civil War Heritage Trails.

The markers are designed to spread the word and reap the benefits of Georgia's rich history and will coincide with the war's 150th anniversary that begins in 2011.

Three markers are already approved. One was funded by the Macon-Bibb County Convention & Visitors Bureau and erected in front of City Hall. Another is planned to mark the site of the old Lanier House on Mulberry Street, where Jefferson Davis was brought after he was recaptured following his escape. The third will be placed on Walnut Street at the Baber Lamar house that was occupied by Union forces and served as their headquarters in the final days of the war.

Recently, 10 more areas of interest have been selected and will include multiple locations mapped out on some of the markers.

Three markers will highlight Macon's role as a transportation hub, hospital and manufacturer of supplies while another marker will focus on the city's fine homes and architecture. That marker likely will be placed near the Woodruff House atop Coleman Hill.

The casualties of war will be commemorated at Rose Hill Cemetery, the resting place of soldiers from both sides of the conflict.

Macon's defense will be conveyed through markers at Fort Hawkins and at Riverside Cemetery, where earthworks of protective piles of soil are still visible.

The Union officers' prison will have a marker as will the old Dunlap farm where the Battle for Macon was waged on the current Ocmulgee National Monument property.

Washington Memorial Library archivist Muriel Jackson and Macon-Bibb County Convention & Visitors Bureau CEO Janice Marshall are among those working on the project.

"Other states in the South in particular North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee have taken advantage of this Civil War history, and Georgia really has never explored this history as a statewide project," Marshall said.

Macon's secure location and role as a distribution center led the Confederate government to house captured and wounded Union officers at the city's old fairground - Camp Oglethorpe.

"I don't think that's widely known," said Bill Elliott, who is helping lead the charge to erect markers at points of interest in Macon.

He also is a member of the board of the Civil War Heritage Trails organization that has designated six trails across Georgia to tell Civil War tales.

"It's going to be a big thing. It's important," Elliott said. "This will be here after we're gone."
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