Corricks Ford Battlefield

Corricks Ford Battlefield (HMFNS)

Location: Parsons, WV 26287 Tucker County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 5.391', W 79° 40.832'

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Death of a General and Birth of a State

"They have not given me an adequate force. I can do nothing. They have sent me to my death."
Gen. Robert S. Garnet CSA

"I have made a very clean sweep of it."
Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan USA

Confederate Gen. Robert S. Garnett took command of the Army of the Northwest in this region after the "Philippi Races," first land battle of the Civil War. By June 16, 1861, Garnett's 5,300 Confederates dug in at Rich Mountain and Laurel Hill, more than 25 miles south, to stop an invasion by Union Gen. George McClellan.

McClellan's victory at Rich Mountain on July 11 forced Gen. Garnett to abandon Laurel Hill. That night, Garnett and 3,500 Confederates marched south toward Beverly. Fearing a trap, they turned northeast in a daring bid to escape.

Union Gen. Thomas Morris' brigade gave chase. Slowed by muddy roads and river crossings, Gen. Garnett's army made a gallant stand to rescue their wagons less than on mile south on Shavers Fork.

Breaking off the fight, they retreated downstream to nearby Corricks Ford, where Garnett was killed on July 13, 1861 - the first Civil War general to fall. His Confederates fled in disarray to Highland County, Virginia. Events here made Gen. McClellan a national hero and bolstered West Virginia statehood in 1863.
Series This marker is part of the Battlefield Trails - Civil War series
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Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 6:52pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 614112 N 4327575
Decimal Degrees39.08985000, -79.68053333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 5.391', W 79° 40.832'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 5' 23.46" N, 79° 40' 49.92" W
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Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 149 Water Plant Rd, Parsons WV 26287, US
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