Romney in Hampshire County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Romney In The Civil War
Strategic Location on the Turnpike
The proximity of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in Cumberland, Maryland, and at New Creek Station (present-day Keyser, West Virginia) magnified Romney’s importance. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal also ran near the northern border of Hampshire County across the Potomac River. In addition, the South Branch River Valley’s numerous farms made tempting targets as Union and Confederate forces sought to replenish supplies.
Many residents of Romney and Hampshire County sympathized with the Confederacy during the war because of the county’s strong agricultural ties to the Shenandoah Valley. There also were large farms in the area that utilized slave labor. Romney was caught in the middle: to the north lay Cumberland, a stronghold of Union sympathy, and to the east was
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, and the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 20.406′ N, 78° 45.144′ W. Marker is in Romney, West Virginia, in Hampshire County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 50). Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Romney WV 26757, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Grapeshot Among the Pines (within shouting distance of this marker); W. Va School for the Deaf and Blind (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jackson's Headquarters (about 400 feet away); Old Literary Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); Hampshire County World War I Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Romney / Early Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Hampshire County Courthouse (approx. ¼ mile away); Romney in 1861–1865 / “Stonewall” Jackson (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Romney.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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