Keyser in Mineral County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Keyser / Averell’s Raid
Keyser. Between 1861–1865, Keyser, then New Creek, was sought by the North and South. It changed hands fourteen times. Fort Fuller, where Potomac State Collect stands, was supported by a series of forts girding the town.
Averell’s Raid. Here in 1863 General W. W. Averell started the Federal cavalry raid to Salem, Virginia, and then back into this State. This is among the great exploits of the War. Many of his troopers were from West Virginia.
Erected 1980 by West Virginia Department of Culture and History.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1865.
Location. 39° 26.37′ N, 78° 58.599′ W. Marker is in Keyser, West Virginia, in Mineral County. Marker is at the Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Keyser WV 26726, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historical Marker near Post Office (here, next to this marker); Armstrong Mansion (a few steps from this marker); Former Keyser High School (a few steps from this marker); Kelley Memorial Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II (within shouting distance of this marker); D-Day (within shouting distance of this marker); Key Terrain (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Battle of Kesternich (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Keyser.
More about this marker. An exact duplicate of this marker can be found on S. Mineral Street at Carskadon Lane.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. These two markers are identical but are in distinct parts of the City of Keyser.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia Entry for Keyser, West Virginia. “Because of the (Submitted on July 9, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.)
2. Wikipedia entry for General W. W. Averell. “Averell left the Army of the Potomac after his relief at Chancellorsville and fought a series of minor engagements in the Department of West Virginia at the brigade and division level. In November 1863, he conducted what is called Averell’s West Virginia Raid against the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad. He received a brevet promotion to lieutenant colonel in the regular army for the Battle (Submitted on July 9, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 25, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 9, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 962 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on August 21, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 9, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.