Skirmish at West Union / West Union

Skirmish at West Union / West Union (HM2MS6)

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N 39° 17.701', W 80° 46.317'

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Side A
Early on May 5, 1863, six companies of the 2nd WV Infantry under Col. George Latham arrived in West Union to protect area railroad bridges during the Jones-Imboden raid. Two regiments of Confederate cavalry advanced to the town, where they were opposed by the Union troops and local home guards. The rebels destroyed two bridges at Smithton before proceeding to Harrisville.

Side B
Originally part of a large 1787 land patent, the town was settled by 1804 as Middle Island. Founded by Nathan Davis in 1845 as county seat of Doddridge and incorporated in 1850. Across creek was Lewisport (Blockhouse Hill), named for Lewis Maxwell, founded by Ephraim Bee in 1828, and annexed to West Union in 1869. The covered bridge built here before 1843 was lost in 1950 flood.
HM NumberHM2MS6
Year Placed2017
Placed ByWest Virginia Archives & History
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, November 9th, 2019 at 7:03pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17H E 519664 N 5650459
Decimal Degrees-39.29501667, -80.77195000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.701', W 80° 46.317'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 42.06" N, 80° 46' 19.02" W
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