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

Artillery

Rich Mountain Battlefield

 
 
Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
1. Artillery Marker
Inscription. Cannons mounted behind embankments on this hill made Confederate Camp Garnett a formidable position. Placed to sweep the turnpike below, they were 6-pounder smoothbores - light, mobile, and powerful at short range. Four cannons protected the Confederate works here.

At Rich Mountain, cannons fired solid shot, shell, exploding balls and cannister (cans containing many small iron balls that scattered when fired). Their noise and shocking power alone could demoralize an enemy.
 
Location. 38° 52.2′ N, 79° 57.288′ W. Marker is near Mabie, 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's Camp Garnett section. Marker is in this post office area: Mabie WV 26278, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Garnett (within shouting distance of this marker); Fortifications (within shouting distance of this marker); Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Camp Garnett (about 300 feet away, measured in a
Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
2. Artillery Marker
direct line); General George B. McClellan (about 400 feet away); Rich Mountain (approx. 1.1 miles away); Battle of Rich Mountain (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Stable Yard (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mabie.
 
More about this marker. On the left is a photo of a 6-pdr Field Gun. On the right is an illustration depicting Confederate artillery at Camp Garnett as sketched in 1861.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 619 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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