“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Romney in Hampshire County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

Captain George W. Stump

"Stump's Battery"

Captain George W. Stump Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 30, 2012
1. Captain George W. Stump Marker
This is Hickory Grove, the home of Adam and Mary Stump and their son Capt. George W. Stump, who led a company of the 18th Virginia Cavalry during the war. Capt. Stump was always heavily armed with a carbine and numerous revolvers; his men called him “Stump’s Battery.” Besides cooperating with McNeill’s Partisan Rangers, Stump also served under Gen. John D. Imboden. The general had such confidence in Stump that he employed him in October 1863 as a confidential messenger to Gen. Robert E. Lee. In December 1863, Imboden recommended Stump to Gen. Jubal A. Early: “If in pursuit of supplies you have to go to Hampshire County,…permit me to recommend to you, … Capt. George W. Stump, {who}…can give you more valuable information than any man in my command in regard to supplies in Hampshire and Hardy. He knows where every lot of cattle in those counties can be obtained.”

In February 1865, Stump met his end when Union Lt. Col. Edward W. Whitaker led a cavalry detachment from Winchester to Moorefield to capture Confederate cavalry raider Maj. Harry Gilmore. After catching Gilmore in bed on February 5 and fighting off
Captain George W. Stump Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 30, 2012
2. Captain George W. Stump Marker
his troopers, the expedition rode north to Romney. Maj. Henry H. Young, Gen. Philip H. Sheridan’s chief of scouts, led a few cavalrymen in advance of the column. En route, he captured a dozen Confederates at several houses and turned them over to Whitaker. Stump was here visiting his parents when he heard Young and his men approach and tried to flee. According to local tradition, Stump was either shot dead or wounded, captured, and executed.
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 39° 19.506′ N, 78° 46.878′ W. Marker is in Romney, West Virginia, in Hampshire County. Marker is on South Branch River Road (County Route 8) one mile south of U.S. 50. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Romney WV 26757, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Mill Ridge (approx. 0.6 miles away); Engagement with McNeill's Rangers (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Civil War in the South Branch Valley (approx. 0.6 miles away); Construction of Fort Mill Ridge (approx. 0.7 miles away); An Outpost in Enemy Territory
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(approx. 0.7 miles away); The Central Redoubt (approx. 0.7 miles away); Interior of the Central Redoubt (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Ditch as a Second Line of Defense (approx. 0.7 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on November 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 22, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 601 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on November 4, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 22, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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