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Near Sherman in Jackson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Battle of Buffington Island

 
 
Battle of Bluffington Island Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, September 28, 2018
1. Battle of Bluffington Island Marker
Inscription.  As General John H. Morgan’s raid into Indiana and Ohio came to a close, he tried to cross the Ohio River into WV. Reaching the Buffington Island ford late on July 18, 1863, he waited until the 19th to cross. Union troops and gunboats blocked his escape and splintered his men, leading to the capture of over 700 Confederates. The battle was the only naval action in WV waters.
 
Erected 2016 by West Virginia Archives and History.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 18, 1863.
 
Location. 38° 59.293′ N, 81° 45.795′ W. Marker is near Sherman, West Virginia, in Jackson County. Marker is on West Virginia Route 68 south of Little Sandy-Median Road (County Route 8), on the left when traveling south. It is at the Sherman Community Roadside Park just south of the post office. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ravenswood WV 26164, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker
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, measured as the crow flies. Major Daniel McCook (approx. ¾ mile away in Ohio); Dry Run (approx. ¾ mile away in Ohio); Old Portland Road (approx. 0.9 miles away in Ohio); First Ohio Invasion (approx. 1.1 miles away in Ohio); a different marker also named The Battle of Buffington Island (approx. 1.1 miles away in Ohio); a different marker also named The Battle of Buffington Island (approx. 1.1 miles away in Ohio); a different marker also named The Battle of Buffington Island (approx. 1.1 miles away in Ohio); Buffington Island (approx. 1.1 miles away in Ohio).
 
Battle of Bluffington Island Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, September 28, 2018
2. Battle of Bluffington Island Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 7, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 280 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on December 28, 2019, by Darryl R Smith of Cincinnati, Ohio. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 7, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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