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The Burning of Suttonville

Partisan Attack

 
 
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By Don Morfe, August 2, 2012
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Inscription. In 1861, Col. Erastus B. Tylerís 7th Ohio Infantry constructed earthworks near Suttonville to protect the suspension bridge across the Elk River. Later in the year, Capt. Weston Rowandís Co. K, 1st Virginia Cavalry (US), about a hundred men, occupied the fort.

At 10 A.M. on Wednesday, December 29, approximately eighty Confederate partisans known locally as the Moccasin Rangers attacked the Federals. Rowand and his second-in-command, 1st Lt. Charles D. Lawson were absent at the time, so 2nd Lt. Andrew Dawson directed the defense.

Capts. John L. Spriggs and George Down, who later commanded companies of the 19th Virginia Cavalry (CS), led the Confederate attack. The engagement lasted until 4 P.M., when the Federals, low on ammunition and believing they were about to be overrun, withdrew toward Weston. Spriggs pursued them to within three miles of Bulltown and, on returning here, found Suttonville ablaze. Who stated the fire is uncertain, but the blaze consumed most of the town including the courthouse. The Confederates marched south to Webster County after burning the Federal stores that they could not carry off.

On December 30, Union Col. Henry Anisansel led detachments of the 1st Virginia Cavalry and 3rd Virginia Infantry from Weston and attacked the partisans in Webster County. Union Col. George Crook joined
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the pursuit the next day from Summersville with six companies of the 26th Ohio Infantry. The Federals killed several partisans and burned buildings. When Union forces reoccupied Suttonville, several residents accompanied the troops to safety in Weston since their sustenance had been destroyed. The county records, earlier removed to Felix Suttonís house for safekeeping, were also taken to Weston.
 
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 39.984′ N, 80° 42.918′ W. Marker is in Sutton, West Virginia, in Braxton County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Camden Avenue (West Virginia Highway 4), on the right when traveling east on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 128 Main Street, Sutton WV 26601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The War and Suttonville (approx. 0.4 miles away); America's Guard of Honor (approx. 10.5 miles away); Bulltown / Bulltown Battle (approx. 11.6 miles away); Battle of Bulltown
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(approx. 12.1 miles away); Town of Burnsville (approx. 13.6 miles away); Young's Monument (approx. 14.5 miles away).
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 534 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 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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