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Near Franklin in Pendleton County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Destruction of Saltpeter Works

 
 
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By Roger Miller, October 18, 2018
1. Destruction of Saltpeter Works Marker
Inscription.  A key component of gun powder, the saltpeter mined near Franklin was of great importance to the South during the Civil War. On August 19, 1863, during his raid of Pendleton and surrounding counties, Union Gen. William W. Averell destroyed the valuable works. Seven months later, on March 3, 1864, Lt. Col. Augustus Roots, 15 NY Cavalry, destroyed the rebuilt facilities.
 
Erected 2016 by West Virginia Archives & History.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNatural ResourcesWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list.
 
Location. 38° 36.203′ N, 79° 22.272′ W. Marker is near Franklin, West Virginia, in Pendleton County. Marker is on U.S. 220 1.2 miles south of Thorn Creek Road (County Route 23), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Franklin WV 26807, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Trout Rock Fort (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Prayer Service (approx.
Destruction of Saltpeter Works Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger Miller, October 18, 2018
2. Destruction of Saltpeter Works Marker
1.7 miles away); Devonian Shale (approx. 1.9 miles away); Civil War Soldiers Monument (approx. 3.4 miles away); McCoy House (approx. 3.4 miles away); Pendleton County World War I Memorial (approx. 3.4 miles away); Franklin (approx. 3.4 miles away); Stone Cemetery (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 18, 2018, by Roger Miller of Pulaski, Virginia. This page has been viewed 123 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on August 30, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 18, 2018, by Roger Miller of Pulaski, Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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