Weston in Lewis County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Weston in the Civil War
Target of Raids
— Jones-Imboden Raid —
Early in May 1863, Confederate Gens. William E. "Grumble" Jones and John D. Imboden and their cavalrymen and wagons occupied Weston for two days. They had taken separate routes before uniting at Buckhannon and then coming here to rest, round up stragglers, and await reinforcements from Beverly. On May 6, they separated to continue the raid, with Jones heading west toward Parkersburg while Imboden rode south to Sutton.
Weston was important for its location at the junction of two major highways, the Staunton and Parkersburg Turnpike and the Weston and Gauley
George Jackson Arnold, the man who wrote the bill that created West Virginia (the only state created by separating from another state), owned the house in front of you. After Virginia seceded from the Union in April 1861, Arnold became a member of the General Assembly under the Restored Government of Virginia and, when requested, drew up the bill although he did not favor it. When it passed, he resigned his seat and came home to Weston. Whenever Confederate raiders struck, he hid in a space beneath the house, fearing retribution.
• Louis County Courthouse — Courtesy Otis L. Reed
• Arnold-Edwards House — Courtesy West Virginia University Archives
• Weston in the Civil War — Courtesy Otis L. Reed
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 39° 2.18′ N, 80° 28.04′ W. Marker is in Weston, West Virginia, in Lewis County. Marker is on Center Avenue (U.S. 19) just north of 1st Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located near the sidewalk on the west side of the Lewis County Courthouse grounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 104 Center Avenue, Weston WV 26452, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lewis County War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Flesher (within shouting distance of this marker); Weston (within shouting distance of this marker); Louis Bennett Library (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (approx. 0.2 miles away); Weston State Hospital (approx. ¼ mile away); Weston Colored School (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Weston State Hospital (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Weston.
Also see . . . Jones–Imboden Raid (Wikipedia). The raid was aimed at disrupting traffic (Submitted on September 2, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 67 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on September 1, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 2, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.