Sunday, 16 December 2007 19:00
Two Civil War markers were placed in Caldwell County Friday.
Part of the North Carolina Civil War Trails project, the markers were installed
in an effort to encourage education and discussion.
The North Carolina Division
of Travel, Film and Sports Development commissioned the marker with cooperation
from both the Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce and the Caldwell County
A marker at the corner of Main Street and Harper Avenue in
Lenoir details Union General George Stoneman’s 1865 raid through western North
Carolina. The church onsite, St. James Episcopal, served as a prison for about
900 people, including Confederate soldiers.
The second marker was placed in the Happy Valley community
near a former mill.
The chamber and historical society are accepting
donations to cover maintenance for the markers. A formal unveiling will be
scheduled at a later date. For more information, visit www.civilwartrails.com.