Fairmont in Marion County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
A. Brooks Fleming House
A Role in the Action
— Jones-Imboden Raid —
Behind you is the home of Aretas Brooks Fleming (1839–1923), the eighth governor of West Virginia (1890–1893). During the war, he was the Marion County prosecuting attorney and served in the Fairmont Home Guard. At the time of the raid, he instructed and provisioned Mannington’s Home Guard. Detachments of the 23rd Illinois
Early on April 29, 1863, Gen. William E. Jones’s forces attacked Fairmont from the west to destroy the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad bridge over the Monongahela River at present-day 12th Street. To your left, a block away, are abutments of the suspension bridge that spanned the Monongahela River, joining Fairmont and Palatine. Across the river in Palatine, part of the garrison (including Fleming) was stationed in the foundry to protect the eastern ends of this bridge and the railroad bridge upstream. The Federals had removed the suspension bridge’s floorboards to prevent the Confederates from crossing.
Jones divided his command, sending his main column in Fairmont upriver to the railroad bridge while a detachment fought its way across the suspension bridge, laying found timbers for flooring as they went. The Confederates secured both bridges and captured many Federals, including those in the foundry. A train bearing Union reinforcements arrived from Grafton but was driven away from the rail bridge, which Jones destroyed. He also paroled the prisoners before leaving for Bridgeport.
Fleming was promoted to captain by the Paw Paw militia for his service during the raid. He later became a leading West Virginia politician and industrialist, especially in the field of coal mining.
Erected by 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. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1969.
Location. 39° 29.038′ N, 80° 8.538′ W. Marker is in Fairmont, West Virginia, in Marion County. Marker is at the intersection of Jefferson Street and Washington Street, on the right when traveling south on Jefferson Street. Marker is up atop of the retaining wall at the corner of Jefferson and Washington Streets. Access is from Ogden Street on Jefferson between Washington and Adams Streets. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Cleveland Avenue, Fairmont WV 26554, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. High-Level / Million Dollar Robert H. Mollohan Bridge (here, next to this marker); Fairmont (about 400 feet Marion County Courthouse (about 400 feet away); Boaz Fleming (about 400 feet away); The Original Dunbar School (about 400 feet away); Attack on Fairmont (about 600 feet away); Francis H. Pierpont Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Colonel George S. “Spanky” Roberts, USAF Memorial Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairmont.
More about this marker. There is a photo of the Fleming House from 1954 on the lower left of the marker. A portrait of Aretas Brooks Fleming is in the center and a map of the Jones-Imboden Raid is on the lower right. A small map showing the location of the Civil War Trails markers in Fairmont is on the upper left.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 29, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,495 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 31, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.