Camp Hopkins

Camp Hopkins (HM13SI)

Location: Hedgesville, WV 25427 Berkeley County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 34.2', W 77° 58.956'

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In December 1862, Union Gen. Benjamin F. Kelley stationed detachments of the 54th Pennsylvania and 1st West Virginia Infantry regiments here to guard and repair the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, a main supply route between the Ohio River and the national capital region. On March 6, 1863, Col. Edward James and his 106th New York Volunteer Infantry and a section of Capt. Thomas A. Maulsby's Battery F, West Virginia Light Artillery (US), marched from Martinsburg and relieved the units. They first occupied a temporary camp across the tracks while preparing a more permanent site here.

The New Yorkers moved here on April 2, and James named the site Camp Hopkins for his friend and schoolmate Lt. James W. Hopkins, who recently had died in Martinsburg. The camp consisted of conical Sibley tents arranged in company streets, with the companies positioned in line-of-battle order. The regiment guarded the railroad and patrolled the countryside to confiscate Confederate contraband. A cornfield and an apple orchard were located nearby, although the crops did no ripen soon enough to benefit the men, who broke camp on June 13, 1863. The 106th New York set off in pursuit of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia; the invasion of Pennsylvania that ended at Gettysburg was under way.

The campsite has survived remarkably intact since 1863, and holes where the tents stood are still visible. The Windle family generously donated the property to the Berkeley County Landmarks Commission in 2008.

"[Our camp is located on] a steep wooded hill on the brow of which the tents are laid out. ... Picture the tents on a firm smooth swail, intersperced plentifully with fine large trees and you have some idea of it." - Sgt. Maj. Charles W. Shepard, 106th N.Y. Volunteers, Apr. 8, 1863
HM NumberHM13SI
Series This marker is part of the West Virginia Civil War Trails series
Historical Period18th Century, Civil War
Historical PlaceOther
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleMounted
Placed ByWest Virginia Civil War Trails
Marker Condition
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 7:14pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
Directions InformationRt # 901 Hammonds Mill Rd to Allensville Rd
Location DescriptionMarker will be on Left
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 243794 N 4384283
Decimal Degrees39.57000000, -77.98260000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 34.2', W 77° 58.956'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 34' 12.0000" N, 77° 58' 57.3600" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)304
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 603 Allensville Rd, Hedgesville WV 25427, US
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May 8, 2018 at 4:36pm PDT by clarence1957

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