Fairmont in Marion County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Attack on Fairmont
Watching from the Kearsley House
— Jones-Imboden Raid —
Here, at the foot of the Fairmont suspension bridge, Confederate Gen. William E. Jones watched on April 29, 1863, as his men attacked Fairmont to destroy the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad bridge upstream at present-day 12th Street. Jones, behind you at the Kearsley House, later Skinner’s Tavern, watched the fight for the suspension bridge. You can still see some of the bullet-pocked bridge piers on the riverbanks. The suspension bridge (1852–1908) spanned the Monongahela River between Fairmont and Palatine.
A trainload of Union reinforcements arrived from Grafton but was driven off. Jones reported “12 killed and many wounded” among the defenders, and only three Confederates wounded, whom he left in the care of “kind friends.” That night, Jones paroled 260 Federal prisoners confined in the courthouse (1844–1897) yard before leaving to attack Bridgeport. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad bridge was destroyed but was repaired a few weeks later.
“The fruits of this day’s work . .. were 4 railroad bridges destroyed, 1 piece of artillery, 300 small-arms, 260 prisoners, and many fresh horses captured. . . . My orders were in all cases to respect private property. One or two stores were plundered, but as far as practicable the goods
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 29.017′ N, 80° 8.417′ W. Marker is in Fairmont, West Virginia, in Marion County. Marker is at the intersection of Madison Street and Cleveland Avenue, on the left when traveling south on Madison Street. It is at the foot of Madison Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fairmont WV 26554, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. High-Level / Million Dollar Robert H. Mollohan Bridge (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); A. Brooks Fleming House (about 600 feet away); Battle for the Bridge (about 700 feet away); Fairmont (approx. 0.2 miles away); Marion County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named High-Level / Million Dollar Robert H. Mollohan Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Boaz Fleming (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Original Dunbar School (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairmont.
More about this marker. Marker has photograph of “Skinner’s Tavern ca. 1880” on the lower left, a portrait of General William E. Jones on the upper right, and a map of the Jones–Imboden Raid.
The “Battle for the Bridge” marker is on the opposite shore.
Also see . . . The Battle of Fairmont. 1863 article in the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer. “Wednesday morning dawned wet and foggy; our (Submitted on July 28, 2009.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 28, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,721 times since then and 74 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 28, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.