Union, Western Virginia

Union, Western Virginia (HM1498)

Location: Union, WV 24983 Monroe County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 35.766', W 80° 32.61'

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The Confederate Monument, dedicated in 1901 to honor the local men who served the South, is up the walkway to your left. Thirteen Confederate companies were formed here in Monroe County.

From the top of the hill, behind the monument and the tree line half a mile away stands Walnut Grove. This house served as a hospital when Federal forces under Gen. George Crook occupied Union for five days in 1864. Incomplete pairs of shoes later found under the house were allegedly tossed there after amputations.

To your left are the Knobs, hills where many of the town's residents hid as Crook approached. The Rev. Samuel R. Houston, a Presbyterian minister who kept a diary during the war, lived in the brick house behind, across from the church. Elmwood, the brick mansion of attorney Allen T. Caperton, is visible above the stone wall to your right. As county provost marshal, Caperton imprisoned loyal Unionists. He also served as a Confederate senator for Virginia and, after the war, as a U.S. senator for West Virginia.

Crook's 10,000 men camped in these fields. Like other houses here, Elmwood was plundered, "entered by 50 {Union soldiers} at the front door and almost ruined." Caperton's daughter Mary asked Crook to return a cow so her family could have milk. A gold medal belonging to another daughter, Melinda Caperton, also was taken. Years later, a former Confederate officer in Wheeling learned that a former Union soldier had just traded a canteen of whiskey for the medal. Both men wished to return it, and thirty-three years after the war, the medal came back to Elmwood
HM NumberHM1498
Series This marker is part of the West Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByWest Virginia Civil War Trails
Marker Condition
6 out of 10 (1 reports)
Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 6:36am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 540298 N 4161100
Decimal Degrees37.59610000, -80.54350000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 35.766', W 80° 32.61'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 35' 45.96" N, 80° 32' 36.60" W
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Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2 5th St, Union WV 24983, US
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