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Near Hillsboro in Pocahontas County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
14th Pennsylvania Cavalry
U.S.A.

— Col. James M. Schoonmaker —
 
14th Pennsylvania Cavalry Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 10, 2010
1. 14th Pennsylvania Cavalry Marker
 
Inscription. The battle positions of the 14th Penn. Cavalry and the Federal artillery were on the cleared ridge right of the highway about 2/3 mile distant and 600 feet lower in elevation. Throughout the morning, skirmishers and artillery fire from these groups occupied most of the Confederate army. Meanwhile, other Federal units were marching southwest from Hillsboro for an attack on the left flank. During the final assault in the afternoon, several of Keepers' artillery pieces were advanced up the highway in support of the 8th WV. When the road had been cleared, the men of the 14th rushed up to lead the pursuit of the Confederate army as it retreated south towards Lewisburg.
 
Location. 38° 6.718′ N, 80° 15.876′ W. Marker is near Hillsboro, West Virginia, in Pocahontas County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 219, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located in the lookout tower parking area in Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Hillsboro WV 24946, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Battle At Droop Mountain (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle At Droop Mountain (within shouting distance of this marker); 22nd Virginia Infantry (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chapman’s, Jackson’s, and Lurty’s Virginia Batteries (about 800 feet away); 20th Virginia Cavalry (approx. 0.2 miles away); 3rd West Virginia Mounted Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); 8th West Virginia Mounted Infantry (approx. ¼ mile away); Major Robert Augustus Bailey (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hillsboro.
 
14th Pennsylvania Cavalry Marker and Lookout Tower Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 10, 2010
2. 14th Pennsylvania Cavalry Marker and Lookout Tower
 

 
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of Droop Mountain. (Submitted on August 13, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Droop Mountain State Park. (Submitted on August 13, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Schoonmaker's Position Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 10, 2010
3. Schoonmaker's Position
The 14th Pennsylvania and Keeper's Artillery initially occupied a position northeast of the tower. The open field on the ridge in the center is the approximate position.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on August 13, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 650 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 13, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
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