Keyser in Mineral County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Keyser / Averell’s Raid
Averell’s Raid. Here in 1863 General W. W. Averell started the Federal cavalry raid to Salem, Virginia, and then back into this State. This is among the great exploits of the War. Many of his troopers were from West Virginia.
Erected 1980 by West Virginia Department of Culture and History.
Location. 39° 25.883′ N, 78° 59.2′ W. Marker is in Keyser, West Virginia, in Mineral County. Marker is at the intersection of South Mineral Street (U.S. 220) and Carskadon Lane, on the right when traveling north on South Mineral Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Keyser WV 26726, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Potomac State College (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Keyser / Averell’s Raid Washington’s Host (approx. 4.2 miles away); Mayo and Savage (approx. 4.7 miles away); Don Redman (approx. 4.8 miles away); Working Together for the Community (approx. 5.1 miles away in Maryland); Vandiver - Trout - Clause House (approx. 5.6 miles away); Claysville United Methodist Church (approx. 7.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Keyser.
More about this marker. An exact duplicate of this marker can be found on East Piedmont Street, just east of Mineral Street, in front of the old Keyser High School.
Also see . . .
1. A History of New Creek and Keyser. “On 11-28-1864, a Confederate force under Gen Rosser managed by wearing some stolen blue Union uniforms, to penetrate Fort Fuller about 10 AM. They withdrew about 4:00PM. While there, they captured @ 400 Union soldiers (Submitted on July 9, 2010.)
2. William Averell's Cavalry Raid on the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad. 2000 article by Robert Thompson. “The eastern end of the 204-mile Virginia & Tennessee line was at Lynchburg, where cars transferred to the Southside Railroad could continue their eastward trek to Petersburg and Richmond. Heading west from Lynchburg, the Virginia & Tennessee ran through southwestern Virginia until it ended at Bristol, Tenn. At that point, the East Tennessee & Virginia Railroad took over and ran to Knoxville. Halleck wanted the Virginia & Tennessee cut to sever the vital network of railways that tied together the South’s Eastern and Western theaters and served as avenues for communications and supplies. The Virginia & Tennessee’s importance to the Confederacy was heightened (Submitted on July 9, 2010.)
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