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

Union College

“Hurrah for the Southern Confederacy

Union College Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 6, 2012
1. Union College Marker
Inscription. The white building in front of you and the red brick house behind you are the former Union College, a Presbyterian school founded in 1820 as Union Academy and the earliest private school still standing in West Virginia. The white dormitory-dining hall has 24 rooms; classes were held in the brick building.

On May 22, 1862, Confederate Gen. Henry Heth marched through Union toward Lewisburg, where he lost a battle the next morning. Between 30 and 40 “sick and exhausted” soldiers were left here, and the townspeople cared for them at the Academy, the courthouse and a church.

Two years later, troops again visited Union: Federal infantry and cavalry under Gens. George Crook and WilliamW. Averell. Susan Waddell, the wife of Academy president James A. Waddell, wrote in her diary about Union soldiers raiding her house for supplies to feed the 10,000 troops now occupying Union: “After much consultation they took half a barrel {of flour}, pretending to do so with great reluctance. I must do them justice to say they robbed us in the politest manner imaginable.”

Soldiers covered the academy’s interior walls with graffiti (later painted over) depicting Confederate troops, cannons, and other scenes. One figure on horseback was identified as Lt. Col. George M. Edgar, who raised the 26th Battalion Virginia
Union College Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 6, 2012
2. Union College Marker
Infantry in Monroe County and also taught here at the academy. The words “Hurrah for the Southern Confederacy” were also found.
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 35.382′ N, 80° 32.508′ W. Marker is in Union, West Virginia, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection of South Street and Pump Street on South Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Union WV 24983, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chapman House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Crook's Occupation of Union (about 700 feet away); William Porcher Miles (about 700 feet away); Bishop Matthew W. Clair, Sr. (about 700 feet away); General John Echols (about 700 feet away); Union (about 800 feet away); Gen. John Echols House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Civil War Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Union.
Categories. War, US Civil
Union College Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 6, 2012
3. Union College Marker
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 277 times since then and 27 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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