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Near Arnoldsburg in Calhoun County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

Arnoldsburg Skirmish

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By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2008
1. Arnoldsburg Skirmish Marker
Inscription.  Site of Camp McDonald, set up, 1862, occupied by the 11th W. Va. Inf., U.S.V. Scene of engagement, May 6, 1862, when Federals under Maj. George C. Trimble beat off an attack by Confederate Moccasin Rangers under Capt. Geo. Downs.
Erected 1973 by West Virginia Department of Archives and History.
Location. 38° 47.643′ N, 81° 8.5′ W. Marker is near Arnoldsburg, West Virginia, in Calhoun County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 33 and Arnoldsburg-Rocksdale Road, on the left when traveling east on U.S. 33. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Arnoldsburg WV 25234, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Engagement at Arnoldsburg (here, next to this marker); Perry Hays & George Silcott (a few steps from this marker); Moccasin Rangers (a few steps from this marker); Grave of Mike Fink (approx. 5.9 miles away); Gilmer County/Calhoun County (approx. 7.7 miles away); First County Court (approx. 11.3 miles away); Clay County / Calhoun County
Arnoldsburg Skirmish Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2008
2. Arnoldsburg Skirmish Marker
(approx. 11 miles away); Rathbone Well (approx. 16.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arnoldsburg.
Also see . . .  Skirmish at Arnoldsburg. Excerpt:
A heavy fog settled over the valley during the night, and when morning of May 6 came, visibility was limited to a few hundred feet. During the night, covered by darkness and the fog, the rangers had crept in and had taken strong positions on the hills overlooking the camp.

Fortunately for the sleeping soldiers, a ranger scout ventured down the hill to get a better view of the lay of the land. In the dim half-light of the early morning he was detected by an alert sentry, who fired at him.

The shot aroused the camp. Drummers beat the long roll, the half-dressed soldiers turned out and formed in lines of battle. The partisans opened a heavy fire while the men were forming, but the blanket of fog prevented accurate shooting, and the partisans could only fire at the general location.
(Submitted on December 6, 2008.) 
Categories. War, US Civil

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 6, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,618 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 6, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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