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Princeton in Mercer County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Battle of Pigeon's Roost

 
 
Battle of Pigeon's Roost Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, August 21, 2010
1. Battle of Pigeon's Roost Marker
Inscription. Near a hill south of town on May 17, 1862, Confederate troops led by Maj. Peter Otey surprised and routed a Union regiment commanded by Colonel Louis von Blessing. Federal losses were 18 killed, 56 wounded and 14 captured. Confederate losses were 1 killed, 9 wounded and none captured. Confederate dead from this skirmish and other clashes in the Princeton area are buried in Oakwood Cemetery.
 
Erected 1980 by West Virginia Department of Culture and History.
 
Location. 37° 21.692′ N, 81° 6.291′ W. Marker is in Princeton, West Virginia, in Mercer County. Marker is on South Walker Street (U.S. 19) 0.1 miles north of Stafford Drive (West Virginia Route 104), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is located at the former intersection of Old Bluefield Road and South Walker Street. Old Bluefield Road has been abandoned as a thoroughfare and now serves as a service road and parking lot adjacent to South Walker Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 323 South Walker Street, Princeton WV 24740, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. American Revolution Bicentennial Bell (approx. 0.3 miles away); Richard Blankenship
Wide view of the Battle of Pigeon's Roost Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, August 21, 2010
2. Wide view of the Battle of Pigeon's Roost Marker
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Princeton (approx. 0.3 miles away); McNutt House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Elizabeth Kee (approx. 9.2 miles away); Bluefield (approx. 9.2 miles away); Andrew Davidson (approx. 9.5 miles away); Bluefield State Teacherís College (approx. 9.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Princeton.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Pigeon Roost - WV Encyclopedia. (Submitted on October 12, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,294 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page was last revised on October 18, 2016.
 
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