Fairmont in Marion County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle for the Bridge
The Foundry Fight
—Jones-Imboden Raid —
Here, at the site of the Palatine foundry, a battle for possession of the suspension bridge took place on April 29, 1863. Confederate forces under Gen. William E. Jones attacked Fairmont to destroy the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad bridge upstream at present-day 12th Street. The suspension bridge (1852–1908) spanned the Monongahela River between Fairmont and Palatine.
Jones divided his force, sending the main column up the Beverly and Fairmont Turnpike across the river to the railroad bridge, while
After capturing the foundry, the Confederates rode upstream to the railroad bridge. A trainload of Union reinforcements arrived from Grafton but was driven off. The railroad bridge was destroyed but was repaired a few weeks later. Jones paroled 260 Federal prisoners that night before leaving to attack Bridgeport.
“[Officers] in charge of working parties, commenced the task of destruction, and soon after dark had the satisfaction of seeing this magnificent structure [the B&O bridge] tumble into the water. The bridge was of iron; three spans, each 300 feet. More than two years were required for its
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 28.933′ N, 80° 8.317′ W. Marker is in Fairmont, West Virginia, in Marion County. Marker is on Everest Drive just north of Merchant Street (West Virginia Route 73), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. It is under the Jefferson Street bridge in Palatine Park. From downtown Fairmont, take the 3rd Street bridge across the river (the roadway changes name to Merchant Street) and make the first left onto an unnamed street that will wind you down to the riverbank and continue under the Jefferson Street bridge. The marker is just past the Jefferson Street bridge overpass. Marker is in this post office area: Fairmont WV 26554, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance High-Level / Million Dollar Robert H. Mollohan Bridge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Attack on Fairmont (about 700 feet away); Confederate Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named High-Level / Million Dollar Robert H. Mollohan Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away); A. Brooks Fleming House (approx. ¼ mile away); Fairmont (approx. 0.3 miles away); Marion County Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Boaz Fleming (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fairmont.
More about this marker. This Civil War Trails marker has a photograph of the “Fairmont and Palatine Suspension Bridge ca. 1900” on the lower left, a portrait of General William E. Jones on the upper right, and a map of the route of the Jones–Imboden raid on the lower right.
The “Attack on Fairmont” marker is on the opposite shore.
Also see . . . Jones-Imboden Raid. “On April 29, at Fairmont, Jones waged the largest battle ever fought in that part of the state against a force of 500 regulars, (Submitted on July 26, 2009.)
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