Corricks Ford

Corricks Ford (HMFQ6)

Location: Parsons, WV 26287 Tucker County
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N 39° 5.298', W 79° 41.012'

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Retreat Becomes Disaster

— The First Campaign —

Federal victory at Rich Mountain on July 11, 1861, forced Confederate Gen. Robert S. Garnett's 4,000 troops to retreat from Laurel Hill in Barbour County. Garnett, fearing that his escape route was blocked, struck northeast. His goal was to circle back to safety.

Garnett's army wagons labored over narrow mountain traces. His Confederates were further slowed in crossing the rain-swollen Shavers Fork of Cheat River. On July 13, a force of 1,800 Federals under Capt. Henry W. Benham caught Garnett's rear guard at Corricks Ford, one-half mile south. The Confederates retired after a bloody skirmish, leaving their dead, a cannon and most of the wagons.

A few minutes later, along the rocky shallows here, Gen. Garnett was killed while attempting to delay the pursuit. Federal troops splashed across the ford and recovered his body just behind this marker. He was the first general killed in the Civil War.

"They have given me the hardest job of the war...Indeed I shall esteem myself fortunate if I escape disaster."
- Gen. Robert S. Garnett, C.S.A.
HM NumberHMFQ6
Series This marker is part of the West Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByWest Virginia Civil War Trails
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 11:51pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 613855 N 4327400
Decimal Degrees39.08830000, -79.68353333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 5.298', W 79° 41.012'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 5' 17.88" N, 79° 41' 0.72" W
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Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1448 Allegheny Highlands Trail of WV, Parsons WV 26287, US
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