Belington in Barbour County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Battle of Laurel Hill
The "Battle of Laurel Hill,” a series of lively skirmishes between Union & Confederate Troops, took place here on July 7 - 11, 1861. Armies struggled for control of the strategic Beverly & Fairmont Turnpike leading to Confederates entrenched at Laurel Hill, 1 mile east. Feints held General Robert Seldon Garnett's Confederate Troops in place here while General George B. McClellan flanked another detachment at Rich Mountain, 16 miles south. The Confederate Troops were forced to retreat from this area on July 11, 1861.
General Robert Seldon Garnett, C.S.A.
Commanded 4,500 Confederates
Entrenched at Laurel Hill.
He was killed later at Corricks Ford, on July 13, 1861.
He was the first general killed in the Civil War.
Engagement at Belington, Virginia, between Ohio & Indiana Regiments and a detachment of Georgia Troops. Depiction of site in July 7-11, 1861
General, Thomas A. Morris, U.S.A.
Led 4,000 Federal Troops from Philippi to Belington (West) Virginia.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites
Location. 39° 1.233′ N, 79° 55.583′ W. Marker is in Belington, West Virginia, in Barbour County. Marker can be reached from Serpell Avenue east of Side Street, on the right when traveling east. On the grounds of the Old Right's Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Belington WV 26250, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Civil War on the Beverly & Fairmont Turnpike (approx. half a mile away); Camp Laurel Hill (approx. 0.6 miles away); Camp Belington (approx. 0.6 miles away); Meadowville (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Laurel Hill (approx. one mile away); Cannons (approx. 1.1 miles away); Laurel Hill (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Camp Laurel Hill (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belington.
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