Grafton in Taylor County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
—The First Campaign —
The Northwestern Turnpike ran through town. From here, the Fairmont-Beverly Pike continued south through Philippi and intersected the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike at Beverly. In May 1861, Union troops poured into Grafton to protect the B&O Railroad. Here at the Grafton Hotel, they prepared for the Battle of Philippi.
Grafton was a major supply depot that supported Union troops fighting in Western Virginia. Throughout the Civil War, thousands of troops and tons of war supplies moved through this town. A general military hospital was located in the area of Walnut Street.
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trail.
Location. 39° 20.492′ N, 80° 1.324′ W. Marker Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Grafton WV 26354, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The First Campaign (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Catholic Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Federal Dam (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Grafton (approx. one mile away); Valley Falls (approx. 1.1 miles away); Dedicated to the Memory of Thornsbury Bailey Brown (approx. 1.4 miles away); John Barton Payne (approx. 2.9 miles away); Pruntytown (approx. 3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Grafton.
More about this marker. Marker contains a drawing of the town on the bottom and a map of the area in the upper right showing your location and the location of other nearby Civil War sites on the First Campaign Trail.
Also see . . . Taylor County WV in the Civil War. Excerpt: “While Latham was in Wheeling, two Confederate companies (Submitted on July 3, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 216 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.