“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Napier in Braxton County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Battle of Bulltown

“Come and take us”

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By Don Morfe, August 2, 2012
1. Battle of Bulltown Marker
Inscription. On the hill in front of you are two fortifications that Union Gen. George B. McClellan ordered constructed late in1861. They guarded the wooden covered bridge located here on the Weston and Gauley Bridge Turnpike. In October 1863, Capt. William H. Mattingly, of Parkersburg, occupied the works with several companies---350-400 men---of the 6th and 11th West Virginia Infantry.

On October 13, Confederate Col. William L. “Mudwall” Jackson attacked the fortifications at 4:30 A.M. with about 700 men of the 19th and 20 Virginia Cavalry and two guns of Capt. Warren S. Lurtyís battery. Mattinglyís pickets fired from the first fortification in front of you and then retreated to the main position and fired another volley that stalled Jacksonís attack. Jackson demanded that the Federals surrender, but Mattingly refused: “I told them to come and take us.” After Mattingly was wounded in the thigh late in the morning, Capt. James L. Simpson, Co. C, 11th West Virginia, took command. He rebuffed another surrender demand, telling Jackson “Iíll fight you till hell freezes over and if need be retreat on the ice.” The fighting continued until 4:30 P.M., when Jackson retreated, having run low on ammunition.

The Federals had two men wounded---one of them Mattingly, who survived---and none killed. Jackson
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By Don Morfe, August 2, 2012
2. Battle of Bulltown Marker
lost perhaps seven killed and several wounded. Many of the men on the opposing sides knew each other, having served in the county militia together before the war.
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 47.58′ N, 80° 33.696′ W. Marker is in Napier, West Virginia, in Braxton County. Marker is on Millstone Run Road (County Route 19/12). Click for map. Marker is located in the Bulltown Historic District. Marker is in this post office area: Napier WV 26631, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bulltown / Bulltown Battle (approx. half a mile away); Fort Pickens / Engagements of Co. A (approx. 6.8 miles away); Town of Burnsville (approx. 7.1 miles away); Braxton County/Gilmore County (approx. 9.6 miles away); The War and Suttonville (approx. 11.9 miles away); The Burning of Suttonville (approx. 12.1 miles away).
Categories. War, US Civil
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By Don Morfe, August 2, 2012
3. Battle of Bulltown Marker
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 492 times since then and 117 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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