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

Confederate Cemetery

Fallen Heroes of Laurel Hill

 
 
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By Craig Swain, July 24, 2010
1. Confederate Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Within this fenced burial ground lie Confederate soldiers who died at Laurel Hill. Their number is unknown. Inscribed headboards once marked the graves.

During the Civil War, disease killed more men than bullets. One soldier reported 14 graves in two separate cemeteries. Fewer than a dozen Confederates were killed in battle at Laurel Hill.

The graves of some Confederates were later removed. John B. Pendleton of the 23rd Virginia Infantry was killed in action and buried here. After the war, Pendleton's brother moved his remains to a family cemetery in Louisa County, Virginia.

"A man was buried today about four o'clock ... Several guns were fired over his grave."
Marion Harding, 31st Virginia Infantry C.S.A.

"[Fendall] Whitlock of our company died a few days since. We buried him on the side of a mountain ... You must write very often my Darling, for you do not know the pleasure it affords me."
Last letter of John B. Pendleton, 23rd Virginia Infantry C.S.A.

Charles H. Goff
of
Richmond, Va. Co. H. 23d Reg. Va. Vol.
Who was shot in action July 7th, 1861.
Aged 19 years
Inscription from a Laurel Hill grave marker
 
Location. 39° 0.416′ N, 79° 54.871′ W. Marker is near Belington
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By Craig Swain, July 24, 2010
2. Confederate Cemetery and Marker
, 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 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Forced Flight (about 700 feet away); Battle of Laurel Hill (about 700 feet away); Civil War (approx. 0.2 miles away); Laurel Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Welcome to Camp Laurel Hill (approx. 0.3 miles away); Camp Laurel Hill (approx. 0.4 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 is a portrait of Pendleton and a drawing of a wartime burial.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Laurel Hill. Web site with details on the battle of Laurel Hill. (Submitted on August 15, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil
 
Confederate Graves image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 24, 2010
3. Confederate Graves
Grave Outside Confederate Plots image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 24, 2010
4. Grave Outside Confederate Plots
A grave outside the Confederate area is marked with US flags.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 948 times since then and 37 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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