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

Cannons

Grim Weapons of War

 
 
Cannons Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 24, 2010
1. Cannons Marker
Inscription. Confederate artillery was posted here. The cannons were placed behind protective earthworks, still faintly visible today. Their fire swept the Beverly-Fairmont Turnpike below.

Model 1841 6-pounder field guns were used at Camp Laurel Hill. Although nearly obsolete by 1861, they could fire a six-pound projectile more than 1,500 yards. The muzzle blast and concussion alone were demoralizing.

Most Confederate earthworks here were filled in by Union troops in 1861.

"Our position, on the crests of the hills, was protected by a ditch, with the bank thrown outwards, conforming to the outline of the hills we occupied, and by a few simple [log and earth defenses] for the artillery."
Col. William B. Taliaferro, 23rd Virginia Infantry C.S.A.

"A six pounder was sent down the road and fired some six shots at a house which was occupied by the Yankees. The house was utterly destroyed."
James E. Hall, 31st Virginia Infantry C.S.A.
 
Location. 39° 0.469′ N, 79° 54.894′ 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.
Cannons Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 24, 2010
2. Cannons Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle of Laurel Hill (about 500 feet away); Forced Flight (approx. 0.2 miles away); Laurel Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Civil War (approx. 0.2 miles away); Welcome to Camp Laurel Hill (approx. 0.3 miles away); Camp Laurel Hill (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Laurel Hill (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Belington.
 
More about this marker. On the marker are illustrations of Civil War cannon.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Laurel Hill. Website with details of the battle. (Submitted on August 15, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
View from the Hill image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 24, 2010
3. View from the Hill
Looking north from the cannon marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 772 times since then and 3 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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