Moundsville in Marshall County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Civil War Cannons
The northern piece was manufactured by N.P. Ames Foundry, Springfield Mass., 1844; used during the Mexican and Civil Wars. — The southern piece was cast from church bells, wedding rings & many other items at Nashville Tenn. foundry; captured by northern troops at the Battle of “Droop Mountain” in Pocahontas County, Nov. 6, 1863.
Erected by Marshall County Commission, Howard L. “Biggie” Byard, President of the Commission; J. Donald Krupica, “OK.–DK.” Commissioner; G. Charles Huges, Former Commissioner; Robert L. Myers, Commissioner.
Location. 39° 55.117′ N, 80° 44.73′ W. Marker is in Moundsville, West Virginia, in Marshall County. Marker is at the intersection of 7th Street and Tomlinson Avenue, on the right when traveling east on 7th Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Moundsville WV 26041, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Benjamin C. Criswell (here, next to this marker); Marshall County Commemorates Service Men and Women Moundsville / Capt. James Harrod (a few steps from this marker); Old Brick School House (a few steps from this marker); Volunteers in the Spanish-American War (within shouting distance of this marker); Recipients of the Purple Heart (within shouting distance of this marker); Grave Creek Mound (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); West Virginia Penitentiary (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Moundsville.
Also see . . . Battle of Droop Mountain. 1928 article by Roy Bird Cook. “The division of Virginia in 1863, and the erection of West Virginia, has no parallel in history. The roots of this episode ran back into long years before the ‘War.’ The question of slavery was of minor importance. Indeed in all, forty-seven counties out of present West Virginia only had an average of two slaves to the square mile. But differences over commerce and education, the origin and habits of citizens, and Virginia’s policy of internal improvements had caused to arise years before various schemes
“Nothing that could be written, however, no matter how fair the historian, would exactly suit the proponents of either side. One distinguished historian recounted that Virginia felt a right to secession but objected to secession from secession. Be that as it may, when time tore states asunder, about thirty thousand men from the hills of West Virginia took up arms for the Union, and approximately seventy-five hundred, equally as brave, shouldered their muskets and marched to the South. It is our own chapter of national history. The uncles and brothers from the same families who took opposite sides were our people and we may well be permitted to be a bit proud of both. ” (Submitted on June 30, 2009.)
Categories. • War, Mexican-American • War, US Civil •
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