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West Union in Doddridge County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Skirmish at West Union / West Union

 
 
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Photographed By Mike Wintermantel
1. Skirmish at West Union Marker
Inscription.  
Skirmish at West Union
Early on May 5, 1863, six companies of the 2nd WV Infantry under Col. George Latham arrived in West Union to protect area railroad bridges during the Jones-Imboden raid. Two regiments of Confederate cavalry advanced to the town, where they were opposed by the Union troops and local home guards. The rebels destroyed two bridges at Smithton before proceeding to Harrisville.

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Originally part of a large 1787 land patent, the town was settled by 1804 as Middle Island. Founded by Nathan Davis in 1845 as county seat of Doddridge and incorporated in 1850. Across creek was Lewisport (Blockhouse Hill), named for Lewis Maxwell, founded by Ephraim Bee in 1828, and annexed to West Union in 1869. The covered bridge built here before 1843 was lost in 1950 flood.
 
Erected 2017 by West Virginia Archives & History.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsWar, US Civil
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. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 5, 1863.
 
Location. 39° 17.701′ N, 80° 46.317′ W. Marker is in West Union, West Virginia, in Doddridge County. Marker is on Davis Street (West Virginia Route 18) 0.1 miles north of Howell Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Union WV 26456, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lathrop Russell Charter House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Doddridge County Veterans Memorial (about 700 feet away); Chapman J. Stuart (approx. ¼ mile away); Beehive Inn (approx. 0.3 miles away); Central Station Bridge (approx. 2.7 miles away); Ephraim Bee (approx. 3.9 miles away); Matthew M. Neely (approx. 7.2 miles away); Doddridge County / Ritchie County (approx. 7½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Union.
 
West Union Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel
2. West Union Marker
Skirmish at West Union Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel
3. Skirmish at West Union Marker
West Union Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel
4. West Union Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 9, 2019, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 365 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 9, 2019, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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