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

Governor James Barbour

Governor James Barbour Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 15, 2015
1. Governor James Barbour Marker
Inscription. Here at Barboursville lie the ruins of the family home of James Barbour, Virginia's governor during the War of 1812. As commander of Virginia's militia forces, Barbour planned, organized, and directed the defense of Virginia from January until December 1814. Known for his oratorical skills and organizing talents, he inspired his fellow Virginians to defend the Commonwealth from relentless British incursions in Hampton Roads and the Northern Neck On a few occasions, he took command of the militia while in the field. He later served U.S. as Senator from Virginia and U.S. Secretary of War.
Erected 2010 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number JJ-28.)
Location. 38° 10.103′ N, 78° 16.745′ W. Marker is in Barboursville, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker is on Governor Barbour Street (Route 678) 0.1 miles east of Constitution Highway (Virginia Route 20), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Barboursville VA 22923, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Barboursville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Barboursville Ruins (approx. 0.4 miles away); Montebello
Governor James Barbour Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 15, 2015
2. Governor James Barbour Marker
(approx. 1.9 miles away); General Thomas Sumter (approx. 4.5 miles away); The Maplewood Memorial Association (approx. 4.6 miles away); Mauryís School (approx. 4.6 miles away); Orange County / Louisa County (approx. 4.7 miles away); Orange County / Greene County (approx. 4.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Barboursville.
Also see . . .  Wikipedia entry for James Barbour. “Barbour was in favor of the war, which he viewed as the only means by which to end British interference with the sovereignty of the U.S. As such, he began preparing the state for war. Barbour, whose father had trained the Orange militia, was aware of the inadequacies of Virginiaís militia. Accordingly, he sought appropriations for training and arming a stronger militia on February 11, 1812. Barbour urged the commanders of the militias from each county to prepare for defense of the country. He personally toured the tidewater region, which offered safe harbors for a British invasion. All of these acts earned Barbour the title of “the war governor.” On June 18, 1812, Congress declared war.
James Barbour (1775–1842) image. Click for full size.
Oil on Canvas by Henry Ulke
3. James Barbour (1775–1842)
So began the War of 1812. Perhaps because of his preparation for war, Barbour was reelected Governor in November 1812 without opposition. However, by 1813, Barbour was opposed by those who believed his strong policies of national unity were detrimental. Again, Barbour was elected governor. During this final term in 1814, Barbour finally convinced the Legislature to approve a plan of organizing 10,000 troops to be selected for a militia under Federal control. However, the Treaty of Ghent brought the war to an end. Barbourís governorship also included many other acts, including exploration of the upper James River. He received funding to improve the roads of Virginia. He was also the first Governor to inhabit the Virginia Governorís Mansion, designed by Alexander Parris. His contemporaries praised Barbour for his leadership. Barbour was viewed as an effective leader, whose executive powers, while stronger and more coherent than many of his predecessors, were adequately utilized to protect Virginia. Barbour also received the praise of the people of Virginia, who sent resolutions thanking the Governor for his strong and apt leadership during the war.” (Submitted on October 23, 2015.) 
Categories. War of 1812
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 119 times since then and 51 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.
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