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Barboursville in Cabell County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Battle of Barboursville

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, September 29, 2018
1. Battle of Barboursville Marker
Inscription.  Site of early Civil War battle fought July 13, 1861. Border Rangers and local citizens met on “Fortification Hill” to repel an advance by five companies of the 2nd Kentucky Infantry. After firing several volleys, Union troops made a bayonet charge up the hill and dispersed the locals. Union casualties were sixteen. Local farmer James Reynolds, age 58, died of wounds sustained in battle.
 
Erected 2004 by UDG, Border Rangers Chapter 2580 and the West Virginia Division of Archives and History.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 13, 1861.
 
Location. 38° 24.939′ N, 82° 17.684′ W. Marker is in Barboursville, West Virginia, in Cabell County. Marker is at the intersection of Water Street and Midland Trail (U.S. 60), on the left when traveling north on Water Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Barboursville WV 25504, 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. Woody Williams Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Barboursville
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By J. J. Prats, September 29, 2018
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(approx. 0.4 miles away); Nancy Cartmill Gardens (approx. 0.4 miles away); Barboursville Engagement (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Toll House (approx. half a mile away); The Bryan Family (approx. 3.6 miles away); West Virginia Colored Children's Home (approx. 4.4 miles away); Veterans Memorial Square (approx. 4.8 miles away in Ohio). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Barboursville.
 
Also see . . .  History of Barboursville Community. 1925 article by J. W. Miller at the West Virginia Archives and History. “One of the first battles of the Civil War was fought in Barboursville on July 11, 1861, between the Wayne and Cabell County militia under Colonel Ferguson, and the Second Kentucky under Colonel Woodruff. The militia could not stand up under the bayonet charge, and retreated in haste, leaving one dead, a Mr. Reynolds, from Milton, and Absolom Ballinger wounded. Federal loss, five killed and eighteen wounded. I though our Militia was well trained, but lost confidence in them when I watched them in action during this fight. Our second fight was on Main Street in September 1862 between
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By J. J. Prats, September 29, 2018
3. Battle of Barboursville Marker
US 60 Highland Trail runs left to right in the distance.
the Eighth Virginia Cavalry and a regiment of Ohio Cavalry under Colonel Powell. This battle was fought after night. Both sides retreated, one Union soldier being killed. The Eighth Virginia Cavalry was commanded by General Jenkins, and most of the boys from our county belonged to it.” (Submitted on November 5, 2018.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 5, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 5, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 569 times since then and 245 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 5, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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