Near Gauley Bridge in Fayette County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Christopher Q. Tompkins / Gauley Mount
Erected 2016 by West Virginia 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 year for this entry is 1862.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gauley Bridge WV 25085, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gauley Bridge (approx. 2.1 miles away); Battles For The Bridges (approx. 2.1 miles away); Gauley Bridge War Memorial (approx. 2.3 miles away); Camp Reynolds (approx. 2½ miles away); Hawk's Nest Tunnel Disaster (approx. 2.6 miles away); Hawk’s Nest (approx. 2.6 miles away); Hawk’s Nest Tunnel (approx. 2.7 miles away); Salt Sand (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gauley Bridge.
Also see . . . Loyalty and Civil Liberty in Fayette County During the Civil War. West Vitginia History website entry:
Article by Lou Athey. Excerpt:
When Confederate Colonel Christopher Q. Tompkins assumed field command of the Twenty-second Virginia Infantry, his wife Ellen Wilkins Tompkins and their younger children remained on their estate at Gauley Mount about three miles east of Gauley Bridge. A lavish estate with a large dwelling, a huge barn, numerous outbuildings, some serving as slave quarters,(Submitted on August 18, 2019.)
Gauley Mount became a major campsite for Union forces operating in the county. A few Union soldiers complained about the favorable treatment of the Tompkins, perhaps irritated by constant requests for services from Ellen Tompkins, but they may have benefited from Confederate reluctance to fire upon the estate owned by one of their officers. In October 1861, it became apparent that Gauley Mount would not be soon returned to Confederate control, so the Tompkins family moved to Richmond protected by safe passage orders issued by Union General Rosecrans. Union pickets manning the outposts on the turnpike to Lewisburg must have been startled to see a caravan passing eastward comprised of a male wagonmaster supervising a carriage, two four-horse-drawn wagons, a cart of furniture, and Ellen Tompkins with two sons, three female slaves and their five children, two puppies, and a two chickens.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 259 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 18, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.