Hurricane in Putnam County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Hurricane Baptist Church / Hurricane Bridge Skirmish
Hurricane Bridge Skirmish. Federal troops of the 13th Virginia Volunteer Infantry, commanded by Colonel W. R. Brown, encamped here, were engaged in a five-hour skirmish with a confederate force commanded by General Albert G. Jenkins, March 28, 1863. Defeated, the Confederates withdrew and continued their march towards their objective, Point Pleasant, where it was rumored that a vast quantity of Federal stores was deposited.
Erected 1981 by West Virginia Department of Culture and History.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 28, 1863.
Location. 38° 24.887′ N, 82° 1.088′ W. Marker is in Hurricane, West Virginia, in Putnam County. Marker is on U.S. 60 near Midland Trail (West Virginia Route 34), on the left when traveling east. State Route 34 intersects with U.S. 60 three times. Marker is at the second intersection, which is one of the two entrances to town, in the planting bed. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hurricane WV 25526, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Union Baptist Church (approx. 5.4 miles away); Lincoln County / Putnam County (approx. 5˝ miles away); Mud River Covered Bridge (approx. 6.3 miles away); Harshbarger Corner (approx. 6.4 miles away); Putnam County / Kanawha County (approx. 8.7 miles away); Fort Tackett (approx. 8.9 miles away); Battle of Scary (approx. 9 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Scary (approx. 9 miles away).
More about this marker. Marker is hidden from view of vehicles traveling on U.S. 60 in both directions by the “Welcome to Hurricane” signs in a raised planting bed.
Also see . . . The Battle of Hurricane Bridge, March 28, 1863. 2019 book by Philip Hatfield, PhD, on Amazon.com. With “Look Inside” before you buy feature.
The Battle at Hurricane(Submitted on July 29, 2021.)
Ultimately, the March 28, 1863, battle at Hurricane Bridge directly contributed to the Union army maintaining control of the James River & Kanawha Turnpike, a key supply line, and enabled Federal control of the Kanawha Valley for the remainder of the war
Credits. This page was last revised on July 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 29, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 142 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 29, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.