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Saint Marys in Pleasants County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Raid on St. Marys

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, April 10, 2021
1. Raid on St. Marys Marker
Inscription.  On October 26, 1863, a small force of Confederate guerrillas raided St. Marys, where they stole horses, boots, and shoes, and seized and destroyed a cache of weapons. The raiders also interrupted a German Ball and forced the men outside before “paroling” them. Citizens met at the courthouse five days later to determine how to prevent future rebel raids in the area.
 
Erected 2017 by West Virginia Archives & History.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is October 26, 1863.
 
Location. 39° 23.37′ N, 81° 12.325′ W. Marker is in Saint Marys, West Virginia, in Pleasants County. Marker is at the intersection of 3rd Street / South Pleasants Highway (West Virginia Route 2) and George Street, on the right when traveling north on 3rd Street / South Pleasants Highway. It is at the courthouse entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 308 3rd St, Saint Marys WV 26170, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Vietnam War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); St. Marys (within shouting distance of this
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By J. J. Prats, April 10, 2021
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marker); Hi Carpenter Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pleasants County / State of Ohio (approx. 0.4 miles away); Early Settlers (approx. 0.9 miles away); Captain Gordon C. Greene / Captain Mary Becker Greene (approx. 1.4 miles away in Ohio); Vaucluse (approx. 1.6 miles away); James W. Williamson (approx. 4˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saint Marys.
 
Also see . . .  . 2020 article by Copy Brown and Zachery Cowsert. in Clio: Your Guide to History. Excerpt:
Moving further into town, the raiders discovered the local townspeople enjoying a “German ball.” [One of the raiders] “very peremptorily interrupted the fandango, by driving the men out of doors and paroling them.” While its unclear any of the accosted men were Union soldiers, the act of paroling them may have been an attempt to prevent them from doing so. Having caused a stir in town and taken a variety of items, the raiders fled south. No record indicates their fate.
(Submitted on April 30, 2021.) 
 
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By J. J. Prats, April 10, 2021
3. Raid on St. Marys Marker
Georges Street climbs steeply to the Pleasants County Courthouse.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 30, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 30, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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