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Capon Bridge in Hampshire County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fort Edwards

 
 
Fort Edwards image. Click for full size.
By Franklin Bell, December 22, 2007
1. Fort Edwards
The site of the fort itself is about a half mile north of the marker.
Inscription. Troops from this fort under Captain Mercer were ambushed in 1756 and many were killed. The French and Indians later attacked the fort but the garrison, aided by Daniel Morgan and other frontiersmen, repulsed the assault.
 
Erected by State of West Virginia.
 
Location. 39° 17.894′ N, 78° 26.172′ W. Marker is in Capon Bridge, West Virginia, in Hampshire County. Marker is on U.S. 50, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is about 100 yards west of bridge over Cacapon River. Marker is in this post office area: Capon Bridge WV 26711, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Northwestern Turnpike (approx. 0.2 miles away); Frederick County Va. / West Virginia (approx. 2.5 miles away in Virginia); Hampshire County / Virginia (approx. 5.7 miles away); Willa Cather Birthplace (approx. 6.4 miles away in Virginia); Fight at Bloomery Gap (approx. 7 miles away); Willow Shade (approx. 7.1 miles away in Virginia); “Caudy’s Castle” (approx. 7.4 miles away); Bloomery Iron Furnace / Bloomery Gap Skirmish (approx. 7.8 miles away).
 
Regarding Fort Edwards. Fort Edwards was one of a string of forts
Soldiers and Settlers image. Click for full size.
By Franklin Bell, December 22, 2007
2. Soldiers and Settlers
In memory of the soldiers and settlers who lost their lives in Hampshire County during the French and Indian War Dedicated by the Fort Edwards Foundation June 26, 2004 as part of our commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of Hampshire County and the 250th anniversary of the French and Indian War [This marker is in the herb garden adjacent to the foundation headquarters.]
on the western frontier commanded by Col. George Washington during the French and Indian War. For a detailed history, see the link to the Fort Edwards Foundation below. The site of the fort itself is about a half mile from the marker. To get there, take the next right (going west) after the marker. The site, managed by the Fort Edwards Foundation, is on the right.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Edwards Foundation. A Colonial Settler's Home and a French and Indian War Fort on the Virginia Frontier (Submitted on January 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Additional keywords. Daniel Morgan, George Washington
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesHeroesWar, French and Indian
 
Looking west past the marker along Rt. 50 in Capon Bridge, WV image. Click for full size.
By Franklin Bell, December 22, 2007
3. Looking west past the marker along Rt. 50 in Capon Bridge, WV
Headquarters of the Fort Edwards Foundation image. Click for full size.
By Franklin Bell, December 22, 2007
4. Headquarters of the Fort Edwards Foundation
The archaeological site is behind the headquarters.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Franklin Bell of Bluemont, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,382 times since then and 18 times this year. Last updated on , by Franklin Bell of Bluemont, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Franklin Bell of Bluemont, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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