Summerville in Nicholas County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Hart moved to Nicholas County and spied for Confederate authorities as she peddled eggs and vegetables in Union camps, where she noted troop dispositions. Here in Summersville, she observed two companies of Lt. Col. William C. Starr’s 9th West Virginia Infantry. Starr soon caught on to Hart’s activities and had her arrested and confined here. She is said to have escaped, however, by tricking a young guard into letting her examine his pistol, shooting him dead, and then mounting Starr’s favorite horse and galloping away.
Hart allegedly returned to Summerville a week later on July 25, 1862, guiding Maj. Robert A. Bailey, 22nd Virginia
Nancy Hart married Confederate veteran Joshua Douglas in 1864 and later lived in Webster County She died in 1902.
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US Civil • Women. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 38° 16.866′ N, 80° 51.06′ W. Marker is in Summerville, West Virginia, in Nicholas County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (State Highway 41) and Church Street on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 700 Main Street, Summersville WV 26651, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nancy Hart's Capture (a few steps from this marker); Nicholas County Bank (a few steps from this marker); In Memory of (within shouting distance of this marker); Summersville (within Hughes Ferry / Bridge (approx. 3.2 miles away); Hawks Nest Workers Memorial and Grave Site (approx. 3.2 miles away); Hawks Nest Tunnel Disaster Workers Grave Site (approx. 3.4 miles away); Running the River (approx. 4½ miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on October 16, 2018. It was originally submitted on September 5, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 737 times since then and 69 times this year. Last updated on October 15, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 5, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 6. submitted on October 15, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.