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Hurricane in Putnam County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Hurricane Baptist Church / Hurricane Bridge Skirmish

 
 
Hurricane Baptist Church side of marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 23, 2021
1. Hurricane Baptist Church side of marker
Inscription.  Hurricane Baptist Church. Hurricane Baptist Church was founded May 26. 1860, near the old Hurricane Bridge. F. H. Reynolds was first clerk and James Mitchell the first moderator. This log meeting-house was burned in 1863 by soldiers of the Civil War. Its congregation was scattered but reassembled in 1871. April 2, 1877, it received a deed from C.P. Huntington. president of the Central Land Company, for the site of the present Baptist structure.

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 & Religion
Hurricane Bridge Skirmish side of marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 23, 2021
2. Hurricane Bridge Skirmish side of marker
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War, 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
Hurricane Baptist Church / Hurricane Bridge Skirmish Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 23, 2021
3. Hurricane Baptist Church / Hurricane Bridge Skirmish Marker
Bridge is an often overlooked Civil War action occurring at the small and otherwise quiet western Virginia village. For five hours behind the limited protection of an unfinished earthen fort, the green Union troops of the 13th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry under the command of Captain James Johnson, fought to hold off the hardened Confederate veterans of the 8th and 16th Virginia Cavalry commanded by Brigadier General Albert Gallatin Jenkins.

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
(Submitted on July 29, 2021.) 
 
 
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.

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