West Union in Doddridge County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Skirmish at West Union / 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.
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.
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 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. West Union (within shouting distance of this marker); 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); Tollgate (approx. 7.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Union.
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