Near Romney in Hampshire County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Engagement at Romney
Lew Wallace Storms the Bridge
As Wallace approached the covered wooden bridge that spanned the South Branch of the Potomac River in front of you, he “could distinctly see ... a battery of two guns, planted so as to sweep the road completely. I directed my advance guard to cross the bridge on the run, leap down an embankment at the farther entrance, and observe the windows of a large brick house [Sycamore
(sidebar) Lewis “Lew” Wallace was born in Brookville, Indiana, on April 10, 1827. He served in the Mexican War, left the army for a political and legal career, and raised the 11th Indiana Infantry regiment when the Civil War began. On July 9, 1864, he delayed Confederate Gen. Jubal A. Early’s army at the Monocacy River in Maryland, giving the defenders of Washington, D.C., time to organize. After the war, he served as governor of New Mexico (famously offering Billy the Kid a pardon) and as minister to Turkey. He is best known as the author of the novel Ben Hur. He died in Crawfordsville, Indiana, on February 15, 1905.
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 February 1926.
Location. 39° 20.333′ N, 78° 46.783′ W. Marker is near Romney, West Virginia, in Hampshire County. Marker is on U.S. 50 near the South Branch of the Potomac River, on the left when traveling west. It is at the western end of the bridge. There is a pulloff that can hold two or three cars at the marker. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Romney WV 26757, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lew Wallace's Raid on Romney (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oriskany Sand (approx. 0.7 miles away); Mt. Pisgah Benevolence Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Indian Mound (approx. ¾ mile away); Fort Pearsall 1754 (approx. ¾ mile away); Confederate Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Indian Mound Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Captain George W. Stump (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Romney.
More about this marker. A large color photograph of a house captioned “Sycamore Dale” is reproduced on the lower left of the marker. In the center is an illustration captioned “Engagement at Romney, Sycamore Dale is at right.” from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, June 29, 1961. The sidebar in the right column includes a portrait of General Lewis Wallace.
Related marker. another marker that is related to this marker. This is the Major General Lew Wallace marker in Crawfordsville, Indiana.
Also see . . . Romney in the Civil War. “Col. Lewis (Lew) Wallace in command of the Eleventh Indiana (Zouaves) occupied Romney for a few hours on June 13, 1861. The next day Col. A.P. Hill occupied the town.” (Submitted on July 22, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 22, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,898 times since then and 141 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 29, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 22, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 6. submitted on July 22, 2010.