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Glenwood in Mason County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Albert Gallatin Jenkins

Home of a General

 
 
Albert Gallatin Jenkins Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 14, 2014
1. Albert Gallatin Jenkins Marker
Inscription. This was the childhood home of Albert Gallatin Jenkins. He was born in 1830 and was educated at Marshall Academy, Jefferson College, and Harvard Law School. Jenkins practiced law and served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1857-1861).

When the Civil War began, Jenkins was elected captain of a unit of 101 militiamen from Cabell and Mason counties—the Border Rangers. The unit entered Confederate service in May 1861. The Border Rangers took part in several skirmishes, raids, and battles during the first year of the war.

Early in 1862, Jenkins was elected to the first Confederate Congress and served until August, when he was promoted to brigadier general and returned to the field. He then launched his famous raid through Western Virginia, and on September 4, he and his men crossed the Ohio River and planted the first Confederate banner in Ohio.

Jenkins and his men returned to the Kanawha Valley early in 1863 and fought most notably at Hurricane Bridge and Point Pleasant. In June, he was recalled to the Shenandoah Valley to join Gen. Robert E. Lee’s forces for the Gettysburg Campaign. During the second day of Battle of Gettysburg, Jenkins was wounded and did not rejoin his unit until late fall.

He returned to the Department of West Virginia and continued raiding. In 1864, Jenkins was
Jenkins Raid-Close up of the map in the lower left image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 14, 2014
2. Jenkins Raid-Close up of the map in the lower left
named the Department’s cavalry commander. At the Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain in Virginia on May 9, Jenkins was wounded and captured. He died of his wounds on May 21. He is buried in the Confederate plot in Spring Hill Cemetery in Huntington.

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In 1825, Capt. William Jenkins purchased 4,395 acres here in northern Cabell County and completed his house ten years later. The plantation relied on dozens of slaves to work the fields of grain and corn. In 1861, Union troops camped here and seized corn and horses. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a state historic site maintained by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

(captions) (lower left) Jenkin's Raid in West Virginia and Ohio, August-September 1862
(bottom center) Gen. Albert G. Jenkins Courtesy Library of Congress
(upper right) Jenkins House, ca 1915 — Courtesy West Virginia State Archives
 
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 35.202′ N, 82° 14.886′ W. Marker is in Glenwood, West Virginia, in Mason County. Marker can be reached from the intersection
Albert Gallatin Jenkins Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 14, 2014
3. Albert Gallatin Jenkins Marker
of Ohio River Road (West Virginia Route 2) and Homestead Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Glenwood WV 25520, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clover Archeological Site (a few steps from this marker); General Jenkins (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Here Lies James Jeffers (approx. 8.6 miles away in Ohio); Woody Williams Bridge (approx. 12.1 miles away); Harshbarger Corner (approx. 12.2 miles away); Barboursville (approx. 12.5 miles away); Barboursville Engagement (approx. 12.5 miles away); Old Toll House (approx. 12.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Glenwood.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Albert Gallatin Jenkins Home-front and side view image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 14, 2014
4. Albert Gallatin Jenkins Home-front and side view
Albert Gallatin Jenkins Home-view of rear showing the Ohio River image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 14, 2014
5. Albert Gallatin Jenkins Home-view of rear showing the Ohio River
Albert Gallatin Jenkins Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 14, 2014
6. Albert Gallatin Jenkins Grave Marker
His grave GPS Coordinates are N38.4103 W82.4128
Confederate Cemetery-burial place of Gen Jenkins image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 14, 2014
7. Confederate Cemetery-burial place of Gen Jenkins
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 390 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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