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Near Belington in Barbour County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Battle of Laurel Hill

Tempest on the Turnpike

 
 
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By Craig Swain, July 24, 2010
1. Battle of Laurel Hill Marker
Inscription. Union and Confederate forces clashed along the Beverly-Fairmont Turnpike (the narrow paved road in the foreground) on July 7-11, 1861. Union General Morris was ordered to "amuse" General Garnett at Laurel Hill - to make him believe the main attack would come here. Meanwhile, Major General George McClellan flanked the Confederates 20 miles south at Rich Mountain.

Spirited skirmishing took place among these hills. Union General Morris found it hard to restrain his troops. The Confederates fought with equal enthusiasm. Many deeds of bravery were witnessed here - the baptism of fire for both armies.

"The whistling of musket balls and the peculiar note of the Minnie projectiles as they rush madly past on their errand of death is a frightful sound to the recruit who for the first time hears it."
Col. William B. Taliaferro, 23rd Virginia Infantry C.S.A.

"I can say with truth that when called out to meet the enemy I am perfectly cool and deliberate."
John B. Pendleton, 23rd Virginia Infantry C.S.A.

"A few dozen of us, who had been swapping shots with the enemies' skirmishers, grew tired of the resultless battle, and by a common impulse - and I think without orders or officers - ran forward into the woods and attacked the Confederate works. We did well enough considering the hopeless folly of
Skirmishing at Laurel Hill image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 24, 2010
2. Skirmishing at Laurel Hill
the movement, but we came out of the woods faster than we went in - a good deal."

Ambrose Bierce, 9th Indiana Infantry U.S.A.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Battlefield Trails - Civil War marker series.
 
Location. 39° 0.535′ N, 79° 54.844′ W. Marker is near Belington, West Virginia, in Barbour County. Marker can be reached from Laurel Mountain Road (County Route 15), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located in Laurel Hill Camp beside the Mill Creek Reservoir. Marker is in this post office area: Belington WV 26250, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cannons (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Laurel Hill (about 700 feet away); Confederate Cemetery (about 700 feet away); Civil War (approx. 0.2 miles away); Forced Flight (approx. 0.2 miles away); Camp Laurel Hill (approx. mile away); Welcome to Camp Laurel Hill (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Laurel Hill (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Belington.
 
More about this marker. The marker displays a sketch of Union troops fighting at Laurel Hill, with portraits of Pendleton and Bierce.
 
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Battle of Laurel Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 24, 2010
3. Battle of Laurel Hill Marker
a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Battle of Laurel Hill by Markers
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Laurel Hill. Web site with details about the battle of Laurel Hill. (Submitted on August 15, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Sloopes in Front of Camp Laurel Hill image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 24, 2010
4. Sloopes in Front of Camp Laurel Hill
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,377 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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