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Near Beverly in Randolph County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Hart House

Rich Mountain Battlefield

 
 
The Hart House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
1. The Hart House Marker
Inscription. Here stood the Hart House, surrounded by fierce fighting during the Battle of Rich Mountain. Joseph Hart, grandson of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was an avid Union supporter who fled with his family when Confederates seized the mountain. Their two-story log home gave shelter during the battle and served as a hospital afterwards.

"The surgeons were amputating and dressing wounds... there are a great many limbs being taken off the wounded soldiers."
Union soldier at Hart House.
 
Location. 38° 51.959′ N, 79° 56.004′ W. Marker is near Beverly, West Virginia, in Randolph County. Marker is on Rich Mountain Road / Files Creek Road (County Route 37-8), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located in the Rich Mountain Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Beverly WV 26253, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. General William S. Rosecrans (a few steps from this marker); Rich Mountain / Hart House (a few steps from this marker); The Stable Yard (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Rich Mountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Rich Mountain
The Hart House Location and Markers image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
2. The Hart House Location and Markers
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Artillery (approx. 1.2 miles away); Camp Garnett (approx. 1.2 miles away); Fortifications (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Beverly.
 
More about this marker. On the left is a photo of the Hart House, c. 1880's. Badly damaged by battle, the log house was later covered with wood siding. The Harts lost fences, crops and livestock to war. On the right is a portrait of David Hart. David Hart, 22-year old son of Joseph, guided the Federal march up Rich Mountain. Later, David joined an Indiana regiment that had been engaged here. He died of illness in 1862.
 
Also see . . .  David Hart. From the Rich Mountain Battlefield site. Details of David's involvement in the battle. (Submitted on October 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Location of the Hart House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
3. Location of the Hart House
The stone tablet reads:
Site of Old Hart House Civil War Battle of Rich Mt. 1861.

Erected by Dailey-Valley Bend Ruritan Club, 1981.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 814 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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